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Commonly known as Cranesbill
Genus of about 300 species of annuals, perennials and herbaceous, semi-evergreen, and evergreen, sometimes tuberous perennials widely distributed throughout temperate regions.
Pelargoniums, including those with the scented leaves, mainly evergreen, and hailing in the main from South Africa are commonly, and always will be incorrectly known as geraniums. The blazing-red geraniums in clay pots outside a thousand cottages throughout England are pelargoniums but will remain as geraniums and will remain as red.
Long-lived, undemanding geraniums, or cranesbills, can be the mainstay of any garden providing forms for rockeries, ground cover, wild gardens and borders.
Of the dozen or so native species G. pratense, meadow cranesbill with its large, blue flowers is the most well-known. It is found on chalk and in limestone areas of the UK.
HerbaceousEarly in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.Annuals, biennials, semi evergreen and evergreen perennials.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowWildlife plant - pratense - nectar and pollen for insects. Margery Fish, creator of the Grade 1 listed garden at East Lambrook Manor, Somerset - "if in doubt, plant a geranium"Pests & DiseasesVine weevil, slugs, snails. Viruses, downy mildew. Powdery mildew in dry conditions.Place of originThroughout temperate regions.
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilGrow smaller species and hybrids in humus rich, well drained soil in full sun.
- Dividing Herbaceous Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
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- Summer propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
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Buy Varieties of GERANIUM
magenta flowers with dark eye and veins
even larger blue flowers than 'Johnson's Blue'
(grandiflorum) - violet-blue flowers
white flowers. Rhubarb-scented leaves
biennial with cerise pink flowers borne freely on wiry stems
rhizomatous clump-forming perennial with purplish-pink flowers in loose clumps
pure white flowers, floriferous and tough
crimson centred purple-pink flowers on flowering stems with purple hairs
white centred purple-black, maroon or violet-blue flowers
semi-double mauve-lavender flower with darker veining
dark purple foliage with constrasting white flowers right through summer
silvery foliage, white flowers, veined violet
sharp toothed leaves and deep magenta flowers over a long period
RHS PLANT OF THE CENTENARY. This tall growing variety has a very long flowering season. Upward facing blue flowers with paler centres
white flowers over many weeks
shell-pink flowers with darker veining
lilac flowers with a dramatic dark magenta purple eye. Good ground cover in shade
compact habit. Sky blue flowers have white centres