Geranium 'Jolly Bee'
They photograph bluer than they are...most definitely a lavender-blue, not a sky blue as this picture suggests. Still, a beautiful color!
Why have I not raved about the wonderful Geranium 'Jolly Bee', or its nearly identical competitor, Geranium 'Rozanne'? Perhaps I have--though I looked and couldn't find a previous post on the subject.
They should be mentioned again and again as a superb under planting for roses, for a number of reasons.
First, the lavender-blue flower color looks perfect with the color of any rose. Next, they are sterile--no seedlings to sprout everywhere and drive you nuts. Third, their root systems don't wander far, so they won't interfere with rose roots. Fourth, they bloom like crazy for months. It's not just a spring bloom, it's all summer and nearly all of autumn, too.
And I need not add: they are beautiful.
With Iris 'Merlot Magic'