Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Plant Profile: Hardy Geranium

Hardy Geranium, also known as Cranesbill, is a perennial plant -- not to be confused with the Zonal Geranium, which is an annual plant with a tall flower spike that is commonly seen in summer windowbox displays.

The Hardy Geranium is easy to grow.  It is useful in the garden as a ground cover and at the front of flower borders. It has an exceptionally long blooming period and you can sheer off the first flowers to encourage re-blooming throughout the summer into fall.

The flowers are attractive to both butterflies and bees. Even when not in bloom, the foliage itself is fragrant and it is fairly evergreen in our planting zone.  As a bonus, it is deer-resistant.

It prefers full sun to light shade and tolerates most soil types. The only care it ever really needs is a bit of watering during prolonged drought periods.

Several varieties do well in our region.  Two varieties that have pale pink flowers and that stay fairly low-growing are ‘Biokovo’ and ‘Pink Summer.’ ‘Rozanne®’ is the world’s best-selling hardy geranium. It produces large saucer-shaped violet-blue flowers with white centers. Another popular variety is ‘Max Frei’, which has bright-pink flowers. 

Hardy Geranium  - You Can Grow That!

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