One of the longest flowering varieties, Geranium Pink Penny ground cover is a bushy mound forming perennial, interspersed with masses of magenta blooms that have deeper purple veins and centres and a delicate dark purple pronounced stamen from Spring to Autumn, held on short upright stems above the fresh green, deeply lobed leaves. Ideal for suppressing weeds at the front of a mixed or herbaceous border. This low maintenance plant will flower from April to October, keeping your bees and other pollinators happy for months.
Geranium Pink Penny 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 Nepeta, Salvia’s or Lavender, though really this super little Geranium will go well with anything!
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Very low maintenance, as a ground cover plant Geranium Pink Penny (Cranesbill) will tolerate any soil other than waterlogged areas and will be happy 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 Pink Penny 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 Pink Penny
Position: Full Sun, partial shade
Foliage: Perennial, leaves appear in early Spring with flowers following in late Spring
Soil and site: Fertile and well drained
Flowering time: April to October
Growth rate: Fast
Ultimate height and spread: 30cm and 60cm
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.