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Each year the PPA, Perennial Plant Association, selects a perennial to highlight.  A couple criterias for selection are the overall performance of the perennial in the landscape and its multiple-season interest.  Geranium x catabrigiencse ‘Biokovo’ carries severl common names including Biokovo geranium and cranesbill Biokovo.  The plant is a member of the Geraniaceae family.
                PPA was first organized in Ohio in 1984.  In 1990 the PPA developed the perennial plant of the year program. This selection program helps to promote the value of perennials to the landscape by highlighting one particular perennial each year.  Here is a short list of the past winners:
                2010       -              Baptisia australis
                2011       -              Amsonia hubrichtii
                2012       -              Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’
                2013       -              Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’
                2014       -              Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’
                Geranium x cantabrigiencse ‘Biokovo’ is a very hardy groundcover perennial that performs best in partial shade in the Richmond area.  Biokovo blooms in late spring with delicate pinkish flowers.  It has a beautiful reddish fall color.  And, it is found to be easy to grow with little maintenance.  One of the best parts of this perennial plant of the year is that is tends to be deer and rabbit resistant.  We have this geranium in our shade loving perennial section now and will continue to have it available all spring.
                Each year the PPA conducts an educational symposium in a different section of the United States.  This year the 33rd annual Perennial Plant Symposium is in Baltimore, Maryland July 27  - August 1.  Baltimore is just a short 3 hour drive from Richmond for you or a group to consider attending.  You won’t be disappointed.  I attended the one in Raleigh, North Carolina a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed all the education seminars and garden tours.
Posted: 4/9/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 2 comment(s)
I called and spoke to Sean. He was extremely patient and very kind in explaining what I needed to do to replant a rhododendron I had just bought. Mountain full of info and can't thank him enough. Truly a very sweet young man and because of him, I'll return often b/c I trust his advice. But, I know everyone is who work there. Thank you Sean!!
4/13/2015 10:56:54 AM

L Ball
perennial geranium also spreads rapidly. I have had it for several years and highly recommend it for shade groundcover
4/10/2015 1:45:59 PM

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