“Be happy grow geraniums”
Hardy geraniums (aka the cranes bill), are wonderful plants for the garden.
Hardy geraniums are one of the most popular perennials in Britain. And it’s easy to see why.
Coming in so many different shapes and sizes Geraniums range from tall growing varieties for the backs of borders to beautifully compact varieties to edge paths and take prime positions in pots and borders.
They are slug resistant and rabbit resistant (hurray!) and they just simply flower and flower.
After their first flush of flowers if you give them a good cut back most will flower again before the end of the summer for you.
They could not be easier!
The majority of Hardy Geraniums come in a relatively restricted range of colours; pinks, blues and whites. But the range of shades within those colours is widely varied, for example the pinks range from near white with just a hint of pink, to the brightest deep reddish-magentas. Geranium ‘Patricia’ has a wonderful hot magenta pink flower with a black eye.
Foliage is also an important factor with many Hardy Geraniums, there are varieties with beautifully cut leaves, while others have soft rounded leaves, many are deciduous but there are some that will hold their foliage all year round providing structure and shape to your borders in the midst of winter. Geranium ‘Mavis Simpson’ is an evergreen variety that produces wonderful dollops of grey-green foliage through the winter and pretty soft pink flowers throughout the summer.
Geranium leaf colour ranges from fresh green leaves to rich dark chocolate foliage such as ‘Orkney Cherry’ her leaves are topped off with dainty bright cherry coloured flowers.
Hardy Geraniums are one of the largest groups of flowering garden plants. There are Geraniums suitable for just about any position in the garden, from dark, dry shade through to hot, dry scree. Geranium ‘phaeum Album’ with her pure white flowers will happily, brighten up a shady area of the garden.
There are shorter growing geranium varieties that are great for ground cover. With their well formed foliage & dainty flowers growing to no more than 30cm tall they are perfect for front of borders or even to be grown in pots. Geranium ‘sanguineum’ has fine, deeply lobed, small leaves topped with magenta pink flowers with a rambling habit.
There has been a recent explosion in interest in Hardy Geraniums from different breeders bringing lots of new varieties to the market.
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is one of the best known new introductions, it was voted by the RHS as plant of the Centenary in 2013. With her beautiful, large, blue flowers that are produced non stop from late May to the first frosts. Her marbled foliage adds to the attractiveness of this variety. She will grow well in sun and partial shade and will happily ramble through other plants and across the border to provide great ground cover. Grow her in a tall pot and she will tumble over the edge and trail beautifully for you.
Here at Cramden Nursery we grow a good selection of Hardy Geraniums, pop in to see the different varieties we grow and to ask any questions you might have on how to grow them and which variety to plant where. We are here to help.