GERANIUM Crane’s bill

The Geranium or Crane’s-bill should not be confused with the half hardy Pelargonium which is popularly referred to as ‘Geranium’. The Geranium of the herbaceous border is a hardy perennial which is grown as a ground cover, its mounds of dense and deeply divided leaves serving to suppress weed growth. The 1 to 2 in. saucer-shaped flowers are white, pink, blue or red and should be removed once they have faded. Keep watch for slugs in spring and cut back the stems to ground level in autumn.

VARIETIES: There are numerous species and varieties – making a choice is not easy If you are new to Geraniums, pick one of the reliable favourites There are G. ‘Johnson’s Blue’ (1.5 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: May-August), G.endressii’Wargrave Pink’ (1.5ft)and the violet-blue G.platypetalum (2 ft) which blooms in July andAugust The low-growing G.macrorrhizum’Walter Ingwersen (1 ft. pink flowers) is popular -so is G.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil will do-thrives in sun or light shade.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds of species (not named varieties) under glass in spring. Divide clumps in autumn or spring.

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