John F. Kennedy has been on my mind lately. 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of his inauguration as President of the United States. And I recently got a behind-the-scenes look at his life courtesy of the REELZ Channel's controversial The Kennedys miniseries.
Like a lot of Baby Boomers I used to love watching holiday TV specials - usually sponsored by Kraft - where people would rake leaves as they laughed in the crisp autumn air. As a kid growing up in west Texas where we had NO TREES this looked almost magical. "Trees," I'd think to myself, "I gotta get me summa them when I grow up!"
Petite, pinkish Tiny Monsters are sprawling over the sidewalk and crawling toward the front porch. There seems to be no stopping these Hardy Geraniums, and I couldn't be happier.
What started with one little plant last June has spread several feet to form a perky, low-growing front border to my sunny, mixed-perennial flower bed. Talk about easy, automatic color. The Tiny Monsters began showing their dainty, cup-shaped heads in March, and haven't slowed since.
Though it took some time for them to flower, the Geraniums' eye-catching leaves have made them attractive from the start. The jagged, finger-like foliage has stayed evergreen for the most part; however, entire leaves turned deep red in the fall. Even better, the leaves don't appeal to deer and, what's more of a problem for me, rabbits and ducks!
At only six inches tall, the Tiny Monsters are a delightful, butterfly-attracting accent in front of my shrubby Aniscanthus but they're often planted at the feet of roses and can be used as ground cover. They're one of my favorite perennial finds from
Growing Zones: 4-8
Size Matters: 6 inches tall; spreading from 18 inches to 24 inches wide
Sunshine Factor: Full sun to part shade
Flower Power: Blooms March to late summer once established
Brown-Thumb Approved: No worries here. You can forget about it with great results!