A gold winner with a firm place in the plant Olympus. Already in 2008 this geranium walked off with best perennial of the year award. And since the venerable RHS has hoisted this violet-blue wonder into the hall-of-fame forever.
FT Cover Girl
What can be better than seeing a hot favourite advance to front-cover star of the Financial Times? 'Rozanne' has featured heavily inthe FT Life & Arts section ofRobin Lane Fox's Garden column. Already hailed "Perennial ofthe year 2008, this geranium has endless bloom power from May to first frosts. 'Rozanne' with sensibly sized flowers in a blue hue that networks with most other plants. Low maintenance 'Rozanne' is robust and predator-proof. An attractive high performer, that bows out of the gardening year with exquisite lace-cut leaves tinged in autumn-bronze red.
Austria's perennial expert Christian Kreß first whispered her virtues to me, while I was visiting his marvellous garden centre Sarastro-Stauden Ort in Innkreis, Austria. Arriving home with half a dozen Rozannes, I paired them in a pot of hostas. Rozanne's flower flush was a great enhancement. Hosta have showy leaves, but a notoriously weak floral show. Now I plan to spruce up my daylilies in their front border. 'Rozanne' is back on my autumn "plants-to-have" list.
Rozanne’ was discovered in the garden of Donald Waterer and his wife Rozanne. Officially named 'Gerwat' (Ger = geranium; wat = Waterer), this geranium was a chance (spontaneous) cross between two blue hardy Geraniums: G. himalayense, normally flowering in early June and the later flowering G. wallichianum ‘Buxton’s Variety’. Rozanne Waterer, a keen gardener spied then sowed the first the seeds and produced the plant. Trialled by the famous English garden centre "Blooms of Bressingham" and introduced to plant lovers at Chelsea in 2000 under her name.
Consistent marathon runner
Rozanne has proved to be the geranium bloom marathon runner consistently performing from the early summer to the first frosts. She'll climb, crawl, sprawl and inter-twine with other plants in a perpetual shower of delicate blue. The deep green foliage turninga shy pink in autumn. Not billed as winter hardy, my Rozanne manage through the tough season in their pots and plots close to the sheltered house wall. My potted 'Rozanne’ accepts hands-off care, while reaping accolades from all who see her.
What a great plant story for all of us to grow?