GERANIUM Rock Geranium

There are several species of Rock Geranium which flourish in fhe rockery. All are easy to grow if the site is not shady and the soil is free draining. The only enemies are wet ground and slugs in the spring – scatter Slug Pellets around the stems. The lobed leaves are grey or green, depending on the species, and the pink or red flowers are often prominently veined.

VARIETIES: G. cinereum is a popular species – height 6 in., spread 1 ft.

Flowering period: May-September. The deep pink 1 in. flowers are dark-centred and veined – the leaves are greyish green. G. dalmaticum has the same height and spread, but the Flowering period is shorter (June-August) and the pale pink blooms are not veined. The glossy leaves turn red in autumn. A large-flowered variety is G. subcaulescens ‘Splendens’ (deep pink flowers May-September) and G. ‘Ballerina’ (dark-veined lilac flowers May-September) is a popular hybrid.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil – thrives best in full sun.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in autumn or spring.

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