Geranium subcaulescens ‘Splendens’  

In the 1960s this would have been described as a ‘rockery’ plant, an epithet that seemed to be applied to any plant that was small or that didn’t spread.  The idea still lingers that small plants can’t cope with the rigours of life in the garden.    In fact this plant, like many of  the smaller geraniums, is perfectly at home at the front of the border.  I like this one in particular because the intensity of the colour of the flowers is disproportionate to the size of the plant.  The magenta petals and black eye combine to grab your attention from yards away. It grows to about 20cm tall.