I'm joining Loree of danger garden in showing my favorite plant in my garden this week, Geranium 'Tiny Monster'. Although we've had a stretch of uncommonly cool, comfortable weather, a lot of my plants are nonetheless looking faded at this point in the summer. Some are downright sad. And the Agapanthus and Leucanthemum x superbum that dominated several beds in early summer are, for the most part, gone. However, 'Tiny Monster', which I moved to the new bed created after the removal of the 60 foot Eucalyptus tree in our side yard (previously discussed here) in February has been blooming non-stop since March.
I bought this particular plant at the South Coast Garden Show in 2012. At the time, the vendor asked me if I was sure I knew what I was doing putting it into my garden, implying that it deserved its name. It's said to have a mounding habit, growing 6-12 inches tall with a spread up to 2 feet, which doesn't seem too monster-ish to me. In fact, I could use a few more monsters of this type - feel free to offer suggestions.
The flowers, described as pink on some growers' sites, read as mauve/violet to me. However you describe it, the color echoes that of the flower spike on the nearby Acanthus. The latter plant was sold to me as Acanthus mollis but I think it's probably Acanthus spinosus or possibly Acanthus mollis 'Summer Beauty', said to be a hybrid of A. mollis and A. spinosus.
G. 'Tiny Monster' is itself a hybrid of Geranium sanguineum and Geranium psilostemon. It flourishes in sun to part sun. Although most sites say it's suited to zones 4-8, the Proven Winners webpage says it will grow in zones 6a-10b. I'm in zone 10b and it's doing fine here. It's also considered to be attractive to butterflies and unattractive to deer and rabbits, although I can't personally attest to the veracity of either claim. The raccoons have ignored it, which is a blessing.
Please go to the danger garden webpage to see other gardeners' favorite plant selections for this week in August.