Hardy Geranium Phaeum Samobor Ground Cover
Geranium phaeum Samobor (Cranesbill)
Geranium phaeum Samobor ground cover is a bushy mound forming perennial, that will thrive even in damp or dry shade. It has unusual small, deep purplish-black flowers, with a white centre and a pronounced stamen, from late Spring to Summer, held on upright stems above the soft green, deeply lobed leaves, which have distinctive purple markings around the centre. Great for suppressing weeds at the front of a mixed or herbaceous border. This low maintenance Geranium will flower from May to June. 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 and woodland planting schemes, or in perennial borders in cottage gardens. Try planting in a mixed border with pale ferns or Artemesia and Liriope to set off their darker colouring.
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Very low maintenance, as a ground cover plant Geranium phaeum Samobor will tolerate any soil other than waterlogged areas and will be happy in full sun, partial shade or full 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 Phaeum Samobor 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 phaeum Samobor
Position: Full Sun, partial shade, full shade
Foliage: Perennial, leaves appear in early Spring with flowers following in late Spring
Soil and site: Fertile and well drained
Flowering time: May to June
Growth rate: Fast
Ultimate height and spread: 80cm and 45cm
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.