Why buy hardy geraniums for ground cover?
Hardy Geranium plants should not be confused with Pelargoniums; they are not the same although they are related, both coming from the family Geraniaceae. Geraniums are often called Cranesbills because of the shape of the seed pod before it bursts, scattering its seeds.
The clue is in the title with these stunning plants; perennial geraniums are hardy, durable and colourful. They are a hardy perennial having a resurgence in popularity with gardeners as they are easy to grow and make a wonderful display of colour in cottage garden borders and beds. Hardy Geraniums have many attributes, including attracting wildlife pollinators such as bees and being resistant to snails, slugs and rabbits. The flowers of these lovely traditional Hardy Geranium plants come in many colours ranging through pinks, reds, blues and purple, giving a long lasting display of vibrant colour throughout the Summer months and often well into Autumn.
How to grow hardy geranium seedlings in the UK
It is best to buy hardy geranium seedlings and plant them in Autumn so that they can fully establish during their first Summer. Hardy Geranium plants will grow in any reasonable soil except waterlogged and can tolerate full sun or partial shade. When left, these delightful low growing plants will spread, providing an excellent cover for suppressing weeds, another reason they have again become popular.
With the wide range of varieties, there are Hardy Geranium plants for everyone! They can be low growing, mound growing and taller growing; the Gravetye, a spreading Geranium, grows up to 45cm whilst the Phaeum is stronger and will attain a height of 80cm. Some varieties such as Magnificum Rosemoor have the added benefit of foliage that will turn to attractive shades of pink and yellow in the Autumn, extending the season of colours these beautiful Geranium perennials have to offer.
Extending the flowering season on Hardy Geranium plants can be achieved by carefully deadheading and removing any dead stalks to keep a neat and tidy appearance. Looking for the best Hardy Geraniums on sale in the UK? With over 30 years of experience, we are one of the leading suppliers of Hardy Geraniums in the UK. Get in touch with us today with any questions you have.