Gardening is a blast, but it’s even more fun when you can keep your plants alive and thriving. That’s why we like introducing you to some of the less fussy varieties—novice gardeners or those with not-so-green thumbs can experience the joy of gardening with low-maintenance plants such as the ‘Blushing Turtle’ geranium.
With fragrant foliage and the ability to attract bees and butterflies, this lovely, soft pink geranium is trouble-free in the garden, making it a fabulous starter flower for beginner gardeners. These geraniums also feature darker pink veins on their petals, and they bloom heavily in June, with some re-blooming happening later on in September. Needless to say, this uniquely named variety is a great summer bloom. If you want to bring the pink petals of the Blushing Turtle to your landscape, here’s everything you need to know about where to plant Blushing Turtle and how to care for it.
Best uses for Blushing Turtle & where to plant it
This spirited flower has a mounded plant habit, or shape, and makes a fabulous ground cover addition to borders with mixed flowers. You can be sure it will not spread or become invasive, as it does not seed around. It’s not super drought-tolerant, but it’s not overly sensitive, either. For best results, give the plant average soil and light shade—you’ll see this perennial thrive.
Best companion plants
Especially if you plan on planting Blushing Turtle in a mixed flower border, it’s smart to do a little planning to understand which companion plants will best suit this geranium. Without planning, you could kill this beauty or the plants you choose to plant next to her—and nobody wants any fallen soldiers. Our suggestions for companion plants to keep your Blushing Turtle company are, funnily enough, the same types of plants that Geranium Rozanne enjoys being surrounded by, too:
- Catmint (Nepeta)
- Gas Plant (Dictamnus)
- Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum Freak!®)
How to care for Blushing Turtle
Once you’ve planted your Blushing Turtle, you can wipe your hands clean, but you’re not done yet. Every gardener—even the novice—knows that the true essence of gardening comes after you dig in the dirt. Caring for your plants the way they need to be cared for is essential for a happy, thriving garden.
Luckily for you, Blushing Turtle doesn’t need too much TLC to be happy. She requires little maintenance other than watering in dry periods and occasional feeding. You can use a general, all-purpose plant food for Blushing Turtle. Then, when blooms wilt, you can remove the dead heads to prolong the plant’s flowering period throughout the summer and into fall. Once fall passes, this geranium is winter hardy down to USDA Hardiness Zone 5 (-15⁰ C).
Where to buy
Don’t wait any longer to start this flower in your borders or in your ground cover. You can buy her at any of the places listed here.
Blushing Turtle is a beautiful and fuss-free perennial to bring to your landscape, and hopefully now with these tips, you’ll feel confident growing this gorgeous bloom! For more growing tips like these, be sure to join Rozanne’s Inner Circle.