How to Grow Geraniums
How to Grow Geraniums
These are hardy Geraniums mainly herbaceous perennials, not be confused with Pelargoniums, which are also often called Geraniums, which are non hardy and often feature as summer bedding.This group of Geraniums, common name cranesbill, are fully hardy and an attractive, useful border plant which is very unfussy about growing conditions, and mixes well with other plants, especially good with roses, and loved by both bees and butterflies.
Geraniums will grow in sun or partial/light shade which is why they are included in shade tolerate plants and growing Geraniums is easy to grow. Geranium flower colours are blue, purple, pink and white often with attractive markings inside the flowers, as in image top right. There are compact varieties for rockeries and also taller ones suitable for borders. The strong blue and purple Geraniums are particularly attractive to bees and make a good contrast against the lime green of Achemilla mollis, image left. Achemilla mollis is an easy plant to grow although prone to self seeding. Geraniums often feature in show gardens in traditional herbaceous type borders mixing particularly well with Roses as in the image bottom left, blue Geraniums with yellow roses.
The good thing about Growing Geraniums is that they need little attention and they will grow in most soils, unless waterlogged, in full sun and in partial shade. The only effort when growing Geraniums is with regard to dead heading and because most varieties produce a lot of flowers, that equates to a lot of dead heading. This can be hard work as they produce many many flowers and they can be either dead headed individually or the plant cut down during the summer after flowering. It will produce new green foliage and quite often a further flush of late flowers.
Some Geraniums are long flowering and will flower right from June to frosts.
The image left is Geranium pyrenaicum, common name Hedgerow Geranium which is classified by many as a wild flower although commercially available. It is lovely, upright in growth to around 45-60cms delicate flowers which appear to have 10 petal and lovely pale lilac in colour. It has a sprawling habit but still appears neat and flowers for months and months. This image was taken in November, albeit 2015, which was a very mild Autumn, but still flowering well. This variety is perennial and very similar to Geranium molle, common name Dovesfoot Geranium one of the main differences being the Hedgerow is perennial so much more useful as a garden plant than the annual variety and it is taller.