Hardy Geranium Ann Folkard Ground Cover
Geranium Ann Folkard (Cranesbill)
Winner of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, Geranium Ann Folkard ground cover is a wonderful, compact, mat-forming perennial, forming a large clump of palmate leaves that are a fresh bright green. Its profusion of flowers throughout Summer are a vibrant purple with black eyes and veins, on upright stems. Great for suppressing weeds at the front of a mixed or herbaceous border with its rambling habit. This low maintenance Geranium will flower from June to September. Much loved by bees and other pollinators.
These are vigorous plants with a self-branching habit and tolerate heat better when in part shade. They make superb ground cover but are equally happy in pots, troughs or trailing over tubs. They could even be used in hanging baskets so are very versatile. Perfect for planting in rose gardens, city, or courtyard gardens, or in perennial borders in cottage gardens (more especially because they will not be troubled by rabbits, slugs and snails). Try planting in front of a mixed border with Lavender, Nepeta, Achillea or Centranthus.
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Super low maintenance, as a ground cover plant Geranium Ann Folkard will tolerate any soil other than waterlogged areas and will be happiest in full sun or partial shade. In midsummer rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded, by removing old, flowered stems and leaves, and split the clumps in spring if they are getting too large.
As a rough guide when planting Geranium Ann Folkard as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
How to grow Geranium Ann Folkard
Position: Full Sun, partial shade
Soil and site: Fertile and well drained
Flowering time: June to September
Growth rate: Fast
Ultimate height and spread: To 50cm high and 100cm wide
Hardiness: Fully hardy once established
Aftercare: Water well until established, avoiding soil becoming waterlogged. Tidy up old stems and leaves to encourage a longer flowering period. Cut back foliage after flowering has finished. Divide congested clumps in early Spring.