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A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Benjamin Britten' & Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'

Perennial Combinations, Rose Combinations, Summer Borders, Planting Roses, Rose Gardening, Designing with Roses, English Roses


Hardy geraniums are classic rose companions. They are great at insinuating themselves among the bare legs of roses, helping to reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and prevent diseases. Here, the fabulously colored English rose 'Benjamin Britten', introduced by David Austin in 2001, is combined with one of the most popular blue-flowering geranium, 'Johnson's Blue' for a long-lasting and delightfully fragrant floral display.

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Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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* Picture is courtesy of David Austin

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Geranium - Cranesbills Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


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