Geranium ‘Joy’ is one of Alan Bremner’s hybrids (Geranium traversii var. elegans x Geranium lambertii) and named after Joy Jones,organiser of the Hardy Geranium Group of the Hardy Plant Society.It forms mounds of almost evergreen foliage. The flowers are 3cm. across,bowl shaped and a soft pink with darker veins. Flowering for an exceedingly long season it is an excellent garden plant.
Often in mixed plantings I use Geranium ‘Joy’ to introduce a ‘duskiness’ as here with the shrubby Potentilla ‘Hopley’s Orange and the remains of Geum ‘Cooky’. It picks up nicely the rosy pink edged variegated leaves of Weigela ‘Monet’ that can just be seen behind ‘Joy’ on the right of this photo.
Here I have recently used it at the front of a stone retained terrace bed at eye level and have marvelled at just what a pretty and enormously subtle flower this really is!
Geranium Joy reaching out to greet passers-by!
And oh so beautiful blooms!
I believe it is the purple veins that suggest the ‘duskiness’ I perceived when I first came across this variety back in the late 1990’s. A valuable plant to me, I would never wish to design without it up my sleeve! It certainly brings me much joy!