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Geranium Bill Wallis

Geranium Bill Wallis
i have only this month discovered that my pretty little plant has decided to take over a small lawn.
I will need to kill it off and re turf it.  Had plant about three years and has never seeded like this before.   
Cannot bring myself to kill main plants but will put up a better barrier between them and lawn areas.  
Think plants could be labelled better concerning how easily it seeds itself. 


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739
    Growing conditions and climate dictate how well, or badly, any plant self seeds though.
    It really isn't possible to have every bit of info or warnings on a small plant label.  :)

    I'm not sure any physical barrier would work unless you never have any wind.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,607
    edited January 2023
    @daphneclark In my experience G Bill Wallis does seed everywhere infact more than any other hardy geranium that I know. I have heard that some gardeners love it, perhaps it doesn't do so well in different soils.
     It does have a long tap root so that is why you may be having problems. I wonder if you could get it out with a narrow trowel or something similiar. If I had a  small lawn I might be thinking no more mowing and instead a new border with lots of Bill Wallis, plus friends. Plants as with weeds are more likely to seed into a lawn that is poor growing or cut back hard. Lawns did suffer last year due to drought.

    Some gardeners may be pleased to have lots of extra plants. Labels are only a guide plants that are not hardy are also sold with no warning.  It is up to the gardener to check.

    I have various plants in my garden that seed around too much but I wouldn't be without them, they can also be a positive, filling an empty gap and saving money. 
     Retired Gardener, new build garden, clay soil, South Notts.

    The more I garden the less I know but the more pleasure I get from it. Monty Don 
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