Tough-As-Nails Plants

Creating an eye-catching garden doesn't require a degree in horticulture — what you need are low-maintenance plants that can handle a variety of conditions. Try growing these foolproof selections in your garden.

Cranesbill Blooms DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Hardy geranium

Also known as cranesbill, the perennial geranium grows 1 to 2 feet tall and wide, producing feathery, fernlike foliage and pert blossoms that light up the garden in a variety of eye-catching colors, including blue, purple, magenta, pink and white. Many varieties bloom from spring into fall. These easy-to-grow plants thrive in regions with cool to mild summers and grow best in full sun or light shade. Protect geranium from the sun's harsh rays in hot summer areas, and keep the soil moist during the spring and summer. USDA Zones: 4 to 9

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