This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “40 Plants You (Probably) Have Never Heard of – But Will Love,” 40 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region but hard to find.
Geranium X cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’
Size: Clumps 6 to 10 inches high and wide.
Bloom season: Pale pink flowers in spring.
Exposure: Prefers morning sun and afternoon shade.
Pruning needs: None.
Water needs: Medium to low water; once established, irrigate once a week or less.
Snapshot: Many geraniums offer a lot of color with not that much water. This Biokovo hybrid is a particular standout. It forms a spreading but compact clump, covered in attractive, dark-green and shiny foliage with rounded lobes. In spring, Biokovo features masses of 3/4-inch white flowers tinged with pink at the base of each petal. This geranium does best with a mix of morning sun and afternoon shade. The shiny foliage makes a handsome foil in shady areas contrasting with more upright perennials and blue or variegated foliage plants.
For more on “40 Plants,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.