EAT YOUR HEART OUT—CULTIVARS WE DON’T HAVE
By Wayne Handlos
‘Trendi Dee May’ ‘Trendi Lipstick’ ‘Trendi Star Trek’ ‘Ansbrook Mars’ ‘Kay Ilott’
‘Nano Red ‘Nano Deep Rose’ 'Ansbrook Mulberry Blotch’
An interesting website from Western Australia can be found at
www.geraniumcottage.com. This site lists many cultivars including those introduced
by Roger Broinowski. While the latest year is 2007, there are wonderful
colors and patterns in the cultivars shown that are not commercially
available here. Check all the picture links. Three of their Trendi cultivars from
the website are shown in the left column.
Another intriguing website from Annie Holmes can be found at www.zonalgeraniums.
ansbrook.co.uk/ This is the website of the daughter of Francis Parmenter
for whom a variegated leaf ivy geranium is named. She has hybridized
a number of cultivars most of which are not available here but which clearly
are meritorious. Some of her cultivars bear the prefix ‘Ansbrook.’ She has
used various stellars and formosum types of plants to produce unusual plants,
including those with fringed/toothed petals as well as some with deeply lobed
leaves as seen in various formosum types. ‘Kay Ilott’ is a miniature with a proportionately
A Spanish group has been producing cultivars particularly suited to the Mediterranean
climate. They have four lines of Pelargonium with the following
names: Costa Daurada for 12 cultivars of ivy geraniums; Costa Brava for
green leafed sorts of zonal geraniums; Dark Costa Brava for 16 variations of
dark green leafed zonal geraniums; and Costa Barcelona for five different regal
cultivars. All of the various types can be seen on
www.geranioscosta.gruproig.com/en/ or www.gruproig.com/ Follow the various
links to see all of the color types available in Europe.
A Dutch group has produced seeds for dwarf (or at least small) zonals bearing
the prefix Nano. These can be seen at www.hemzaden.com They produce
various plants so check out the group(s) you are interested in. A picture of
‘Nano Red’ from the National Garden Bureau is found on page 4 of this newsletter
while ‘Nano Deep Rose’ (below) is displayed in a pot.
(N.B. All illustrations are taken from the websites mentioned in the text.)