Charlotte Kidd, M. Ed., is a writer, professional gardener, garden designer and garden coach in Southeastern Pennsylvania. She has led horticultural programs for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Philadelphia International Flower Show. She’s a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Garden Writers Association. Contact her at

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‘Biokovo’ Geranium
by Charlotte Kidd       #Hot Plants   #Spring

‘Biokovo’ geraniums form a beautiful shade ground cover.

Dry and partly sunny conditions don’t hamper the ‘Biokovo’ geranium’s growth under an old, gnarled cherry tree.

Do you enjoy gardening among refreshing scents? Fascinating spring flowers? Plants with round, lobed, semi-evergreen leaves that turn orange-red-copper in autumn? Do you want an easy care, four-season perennial that spreads by rhizomes?

The ‘Biokovo’ cranesbill (Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’) is a beautiful, versatile, deer-resistant, year-round must-have. The white to pink flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. A strong spring bloomer, ‘Biokovo’ may have occasional flowers through summer into fall.

‘Biokovo’ likes moisture, yet after established, it tolerates drought. It thrives in shade and part shade, but it will be fine in a sunny location if watered enough. Be prepared to share divisions with your neighbors. ‘Biokovo’ geranium expands generously and gently into a textural, colorful ground cover.

Common Name: ‘Biokovo’ geranium

Botanical Name: Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’

Color: In spring, white flowers with pink veins and stamens bloom above fragrant, semi-evergreen foliage. Scarlet-orange-copper foliage in fall.

Type: Perennial

Size: Up to 8 inches tall, 12-inch spread

Exposure: Shade, part shade, sun (with moist soil)

Zones: 4 to 8

When to Plant: Autumn, early spring

How to Plant: Space 1 foot apart 

Soil: Average, moist

Fertilize: Use a slow-release fertilizer in spring according to directions.

Watering: Water regularly during the first season. It is drought-tolerant after established.

When to Prune: Clip off winter-damaged foliage in spring.

In Your Landscape: Use at the front of the border, as drifts of ground cover, in containers or as erosion control on a slope.

From Pennsylvania Gardener Volume III Issue I. Photo by Charlotte Kidd.


Posted: 02/07/14   RSS | Print


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