Visiting any garden centre or nursery offers a variety of colourful yet bewildering choice of plants and flowers to the novice gardener or anybody hoping to site plants in the garden that will flower year after year and need minimal maintenance. Choosing flowering plants during peak summer months may be even more difficult as there’s a vast variety of beautiful annual flowering plants to attract attention.
Hardy geraniums are a fantastic choice for any summer garden. Geranium Rozanne adds a lovely splash of colour anywhere around the garden and returns every year to give further delight and minimize your summer planting requirements.
The pretty violet-blue blooms of Geranium Rozanne have a striking white centre and cover the plant from early summer to autumn, reaching sizes up to 5cm wide.
Hardy geraniums die back in late autumn but should return the following year, if conditions are adequate. They can also be divided from a large plant, so one plant may give you babies over a period of time.
These spreading plants may reach ultimate heights and spread of a meter over the period of three years or so.
Here are some ways to add hardy geraniums to your garden:
- Planting as ground cover in situations where they will thrive and add value and beauty to the garden. Geranium Rozanne is an ideal underplanting and looks particularly good under shrubs or roses.
- Planting in containers, window boxes (could trail down beautifully), and hanging baskets. These options really expand on the versatility of Rozanne for all sizes of gardens or patio/balcony spaces.
- Tumbling over walls to create a mass of colour cascading from the top of a stone wall. This hardy geranium will take over once spring flowering spreading plants like aubretia begin to die down.
Caring for Geranium Rozanne is just a simple matter. No pruning is needed, except in spring to remove dead stems to encourage new growth. The plants thrive in any fairly fertile soils and prefer full sun or partial shade situations for best performance, but they will grow in shady conditions, if necessary.