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Geraniums - recommendations please

Anna33Anna33 West SussexPosts: 285

New year, new changes in the garden...! Looking forward to getting back out there again, so going about the planning/dreaming stages at the moment.

I've got a few large clumps of the common pink geranium - I've no idea which type it is, just that it grows incredibly well, and each year starts taking over where it's planted. Spreads and seeds massively. It's been pretty good to fill out the garden in the first couple of years, but now I'm looking to replace it with one a little less thuggish.

The bees have loved it, so I'm looking for one that they will also like, and I'm very open to any suggestions.

What are your favourites? What would you recommend for a cottage style wildlife garden?

Thank you!

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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,557

    "Rozanne" is a popular choice and the bees certainly love it in my garden.

    Personally, I prefer "Azure Rush" which is a "sport" from it. My friend recommends "Lilac ice" , which is on my to buy list for this year.

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,445

    Great New year's resolution, Anna! I've also replaced my 'common' pink geraniums with more interesting species. You can view my very small collection at http://www.rezeau.org/wp-garden/en/category/plantae-en/geraniaceae-en/geranium-en/ 

    My current favourite is Geranium x ‘Orkney Cherry’. Bees love it, long flowering, great foliage...

    I'm sure fellow forum members will contribute their own favourites.

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    My favourite is Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze' with dark foliage and purple flowers.  It can be grown from seed and stays where it is put.  'Rozanne' is a superb performer.  I like the look of 'Orkney Cherry', Papi Jo. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,630

    I find Geranium Sanguineum leaves so nice to have even when not in flower. They are low mound forming and always well behaved. Striatum has the most beautiful and delicate shade of pink I like. 

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  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,469

    I love hardy Geraniums - such good ground cover with little care required. I recommend Rozanne for a long flowering season. There are many varieties with interesting foiliage too - I like my sanguinium 'Album' for deep green leaves which colour-up in Autumn. I would love the 'Orkney Cherry' for its bronze-y foiliage! 

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/graham-rice/10-hardy-geraniums

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    They are probably Wargrave pink, the most common geranium. I love Rozanne & Johnson's Blue, long flowering and the bees will be attracted by the purple/blue hue. Geranium Psilostemon/Patricia are also favourites for their bright magenta against black centres, have a google. 

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  • Anna33Anna33 West SussexPosts: 285

    Thank you all!

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394

    Coming from the other direction - one to avoid in my opinion is splish-splash.  I have tried this in several places and so far been disappointed by leggy foliage with a tendency to snap, few wishy-washy flowers and floppy, muddy results.

    I'm trying it one last time in baking full sun and if it doesn't perform this year, it's out.

  • Anna33Anna33 West SussexPosts: 285

    Think it's between Rozanne and the sanguineum Album. Maybe both, in fact - I have several clumps to replace, so might be nice to use some of each. Lovely!

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,469

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    My Rozanne is in semi-shade and gives a little height as well as ground cover - great value plant.  

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
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