The true Geranium is just that i.e. its genus is botanically, correctly called Geranium. It's rather more flamboyant Pelargonium cousin often masquerades as a Geranium whereas it is botanically, correctly called Pelargonium. All a bit confusing even to those who study these things.
The true Geranium is quite a hardy perennial that fits well in the perennial border or wild flower gardens. The lobed leaves can be evergreen or perennial and are held on fine stalks. Often the foliage is highly aromatic. The sweet and simple flowers have 5 petals and come in tones of white, pink, purple or blue. Easy to grow in sun or light shade they are ideal for mass planting or for use as a pretty ground-cover. The common name 'Cranesbill' comes about from the shape of the seed head. It is also the interpretation of the botanical name; Gerano being the Greek for Crane.
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In 2013 Geranium 'Rozanne' was voted Plant of the Century by the Royal Horticultural Society. That is a significant award and quite well deserved in my opinion. 'Rozanne' is a fabulous garden plant that flowers for months on end. You may also be interested to know that there are true Geraniums that are endemic to New Zealand.
Tight buds open to reveal flowers that look like tiny little rose-buds in the most attractive shade of intense blue-mauve. Fresh green 'Ivy' foliage on trailing stems. Flowers for months and is lovely for baskets and pots. Likes a warm, well drained spot and protection from frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / Blue Habit: Trailing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 35cm x trailing
Large flamboyant flowers in tones of white will delight in summer planting schemes. Use as a bedding plant or in pots and containers. Robust, break resistant foliage is mid green. Dead head regularly to encourage more blooms. Loves the sun and good drainage and protection from harsh frost. Evergreen, perennial.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 35cm
A carpet of shiny, deep green leaves brushed with bronze provides wonderful contrast for the rose-pink flowers which begin to appear in early summer. The leaves are not deeply cut; rather they are relatively wide with rounded lobes which compliment the rounded shape of the flower petals. Standing only 4 inches tall, this cultivar acts as a weed-smothering groundcover in the garden.
Colour: Pink Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 30cm
Geranium Bertie Crug
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A breakthrough in Geranium breeding, crossing an Ivy with a Zonal to bring stunning darker crimson blooms than any Zonal, but still with the compact shrubby habit. As a bonus the shiny leaves from an Ivy have been inherited also. Evergreen
Colour: Red Habit: Compact shrubby Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 40cm
Beautiful stems of velvety semi-double flowers in deep wine red with some lighter tones of the same colour for accent. Lovely fresh green foliage. Plant in the sun in well drained soil and protect from frost for best results. Fabulous for summer container planting. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 30cm
Beautiful golden leaves splashed with bronze are complemented by the hot orange semi-double flowers that appear from spring through to autumn. Happiest in a sunny well drained position with protection from frost. Perennial.
A lovely plant to mass plant for showy summer bedding or put 2 or 3 in a large container. Dead head regularly for continuous flowering.
Colour: Orange Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 30cm
Geranium Fancy Occold Shield
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Deep green leaves and crisp white double flowers on strong stems make 'Glacis' a desirable plant for summer bedding or classy containers. Happiest in a sunny well drained position with protection from frost. Evergreen perennial.
Make a strong statement with planting in groups of 3 or more or group a collection of containers together all with planted with 'Glacis', perhaps trail some white Lobelia over the edge of the container. Nice.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm X 40cm
Large, hot pink, fully double flower heads rise on stiff stems above a mound of deep green foliage. This exquisite zonal pelargonium makes a magnificent feature, plant. It is a well branched plant producing a great shape. Loves the sun and good drainage and protection from frost. Dead-head regularly to encourage new blooms. Evergreen
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 35cm x 25cm
Ivy leafed Pelargonium Mexica Ruby Trailing produces beautiful red and white blooms in abundance, all summer long. Fabulous for container planting to decorate patios and courtyards. Loves the sun, good drainage and protection from frost. Perennial and evergreen.
Colour: Red / White Habit: Trailing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 30cm
Pinkerbell Geranium features bold clusters of lightly-scented pink flowers with white overtones at the ends of the stems and petal edges, from late spring to early autumn. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Evergreen. Perennial.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 12cm