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Gardening with Hardy Geraniums

By Birgitte Husted Bendtsen

A first-class reference book.

Professional Gardener

Hardy geraniums were the first plants to shrug off the rigours of her coastal climate and grow in Birgitte Husted Bendtsen's garden every bit as well as they did in the fertile, sheltered plots further east in Denmark. Add to this their tolerance of dogs and children, resistance to pests and diseases, interesting foliage, and delightful flowers in a wide range of colours, and it is little surprise that Birgitte developed an insatiable passion for them. In this book, she shares her knowledge of cultivating the plants and highlights the most garden worthy species and varieties.

Expert cultivation advice, including comments on soil preferences and hardiness, is followed by fascinating information on pollination, and failsafe propagation secrets. Captivating colour photographs display key characteristics of hardy geraniums including their legendary range of flower colour and intricate, often highly marked, foliage. Here readers may marvel at the many cultivars of Geranium x oxonianum, enjoy favorites like Geranium 'Ann Folkard' with its striking black eye against magenta background, and covet the fine-leaved, blue-flowering Geranium himalayense. Smaller varieties ideal for growing in rockeries, containers and troughs are described along with perfect geraniums for associating with roses of all colours. Birgitte Husted Bendtsen communicates like a true enthusiast and the text is peppered with interesting anecdotes including news of an exciting variety that is prized for its blue flowers and modest stature.

With over 400 species and hybrids of hardy geraniums and 450 beautiful colour photographs, this book is both rich in information and beautiful to browse. It is a long-awaited reference that will delight seasoned enthusiasts and introduce a whole new generation of gardeners to the charms of the hardy geranium.

Media reviews

"Avid gardeners with a passion for geraniums will relish Gardening with Hardy Geraniums as [an] in-depth survey of geranium varieties."


"A first-class reference book describing over 400 geraniums, including many of the latest cultivars. The photographs are excellent, detailing both flowers and leaves for quick and easy identification of plants, the descriptions clear and concise."

—Sue Tasker, Professional Gardener

"The wonderfully detailed photographs illustrate in eye-opening variety the wide range of blooms and foliage available in this group of plants."

—Karin E. Guzy, Perennial Notes

"Readers will find here a rich source of information and beauty as they share with the author her enthusiasm for these plants with their interesting foliage and delightful flowers."

—Suzie Heap, California Garden

"The faultless photography offers a botanist's ideal of blossom and leaf varieties. ... This spectacular work should find a place on library shelves and in the hands of home gardeners and horticulturists."

—Mary Ellen Snodgrass, American Reference Books Annual

"Comprehensive ... an excellent reference book."

—Bobbie Schwartz, Buckeye

"A skillful photographer and gifted writer she has produced an excellent all-around book on this very popular species."


About the author

Birgitte Husted Bendtsen

A skillful photographer and gifted writer, Birgitte Husted Bendtsen contributes articles on a range of gardening subjects for the Danish Garden Society magazine Haven and is currently growing and photographing a large number of phlox. Birgitte Husted Bendtsen corresponds with hardy geranium enthusiasts in other countries from her home in west Jutland.

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