Geraniums – A Comparison
There are so many lovely Geraniums that making a choice can be quite a task. I’ve put all the cranesbills we grow on one page so that you can easily compare them side by side. I have arranged them by colour, and within this by increasing size. This is a permanent post, so there may be varieties here that come and go from availability- if you see a variety that shows up as out of stock, just give us a ring and we can tell you if it is in production.
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- Geranium phaeum var. phaeum ‘Samobor’. MOURNING WIDOW. Particularly striking leaf markings distinguish this useful ground covering geranium. Each leaf is relatively large for the type and zoned with chocolate brown, rather in the way of a pelargonium. Dark redddy-maroon flowers add to the effect and are brilliant with the light coming through them. Overall the plants have a compact, tight appearance. Succeeds even in deep, dry shade. 80cm. Introduced by Washfield Nursery
- Geranium subcaulescens. (Geranium cinereum subsp. subcaulescens var. subcaulescens) This is a small geranium, but it can’t half pack a punch. With the most vivid deep magenta, dark-eyed flowers, produced throughout the summer months on ever barnching stems it is a force to be reckoned with. Forms a neat compact mound of foliage. Full sun in a well drained position at the front of aborder or on a rockery. 15cm. This plant was previously placed under Geranium cinereum, a species which, along with its many varieties, has recently been extensively reclassified creating many new species from old subspecies.
- Geranium sanguineum ‘Max Frei’ (bloody cranebill). A cheerful little cranesbill producing low soft hummocks of tight foliage covered in summer in rich magenta blooms. The foliage is tidy and a good deep green and overall the plant maintains a neat appearance. Foliage colours vivid red in autumn. 15cm tall by 60cm wide A variety produced in Germany. May to September
Geranium sanguineum ‘Elke’ is a lovely little quite compact form of the bloody cranesbill. The flowers are a really vibrant, some say fluorescent, pink with a much paler edge to each petal. The centre of each flower is also near white with each petal rayed with magenta lines. Happy in full sun, but the flowers do pale out more the more sun it receives.
- Geranium x riversleanum ‘Russell Prichard’ (Geranium endressii x Geranium traversii). Mounds of grey-green hairy leaves emerge from a tight crown on spreading and branching flowering stems eventually forming a clump 90cm across. The flowers a strong reddish pink to light magenta and are pproduced continuously from May right through to the first frosts in September. This is the original clonal cultivar fo the riversleanum type, raised at Prichard’s Nursery at Riverslea, Hampshire. It benefits from regular division. Best in full sun
- Geranium sanguineum – bloody cranesbill. . A cheerful little cranesbill producing wide soft hummocks of foliage covered in summer in deep magenta blooms. Spreading by underground rhizomes, sending up thin leafy stems to form low mats. Trim back to the ground as the flowering fades to regenerate the clumps freshness. Foliage colours vivid red in autumn. 30cm tall by 60cm wide. May to August. British Native.
Don’t be confused by the name of this Geranium, it is named after a house, not one of it’s characteristics. The flowers are some of the darkest of the group, being a rich pinky purple at the centre fading out towards pink at the edge with a white edge. Strong bee lines complete the design. Not quite as striking as Blueberry Ice, but still very nice indeed. Good for growing in dry shady situations where many plants would struggle.
- Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’. (Geranium psilostemon x Geranium ‘Ankum’s Pride’) This cultivar has the benefit of a growth habit and leaf like a G.sanguineum, but with flowers on branching flower stems. It is long flowering with large flowers for its size, each Purplish red with darker veins. Leaves redden well in the Autumn.
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Czakor’. An excellent strong pink flowered form of this ever-popular Geranium. Soft apple-green highly scented foliage makes a dense weed smothering clump which succeeds in either sun or dry shade. Some leaves are retained all winter following quite vivid red Autumn colour. Easy and reliable. Originally from mountainous areas of Southern Europe.
- Geranium ‘Sirak’ (Geranium gracile x Geranium ibericum). An outstanding new hybrid that produces masses of large flat bright pink flowers continuously for several months through the summer. Each flower is a shiny texture, coloured towards the bluer end of deep sugar pink with darker pink veining. The leaves are a pale green, resembling most the Geranium ibericum parent as does the plants general habit. A plant that will earn its keep in any planting scheme. 90cm. Bred by Alan Bremner on Orkney.
Geranium ‘Elworthy Eyecatcher’ has really vibrant 4cm wide flowers in a rich magenta pink with a deeper, almost purple venation and a gorgeous boss of blue-black stamens. The flowers are carried over really long season and look lovely with the black foliage of Ophiopogon which picks up the blackness of the eyes. The foliage in Spring is startlingly pale lemon with whiter edges and ages to a matt green with a hint of the darker spots typical of Geranium x oxonianum. Raised at Elworthy Cottage by Jenny Spiller which is really all the recommendation you need.
An Alan Bremner hybrid of the same parentage as the better known ‘Anne Folkard’, namely G.procurrens x G.psilostemon. Geranium ‘Anne Thompson’ is a more compact form. It spreads to 90cm as it meanders its way through the foliage of its neighbours, reaching about 50cm in height. Its young leaves are golden tinged but less brash than those of ‘Anne Folkard’ and is perhaps easier to place in the garden as its tones are subtler. In flower it is nearly identical with relatively large quite flat bright magenta pink, black-eyed flowers with stamens that begin salmon pink. The flowers of ‘Anne Thompson’ are possibly a little more lustrous. Coming as it does from the Orkney Islands it is well versed in Scottish Winters but does need reasonable drainage. It can be grown in sun or partial shade, the golden hue of the leaves becoming more intense in bright conditions.
- Geranium Patricia. (G. psilostemon x G. endressii). A really strong and startling new geranium that inherits the shocking 4cm cerise flowers from one parent and the strength and vigour from the other. A large and robust plant that will make a vivid statement throughout the summer. long season. 75cm. June to the first frosts. An Alan Bremner hybrid named in honour of Patricia Doughty.
- Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ (Geranium procurrens x Geranium psilostemon) A brilliant sterile hybrid raised by Reverand Oliver Folkard in Lincolnshire in 1973. Although the crown of this plant is very compact, it sends out long straggling branching stems that mound up to a substantial 2m across. The leaves are bright yellow when young and the perfect foil or a dreadful clash (dependant on your opinion) with the bright magenta, dark eyed flowers. Flowers from June till the first frosts. Stem cuttings will often root, but seldom grow away.
(Geranium armenum). Unashamedly bold and brash with startling, vibrant deep cerise flowers with a prominent black eye and veins. 1.2m
Large clumps up to 120cm high. For sun to light shade. June-July. Forms a dense weed smothering clump of handsome foliage. A native of North-Eastern Turkey. Brilliant red Autumn colour. The shoots in spring emerge from prominent red buds.
Geranium sanguineum var. striatum (lancastriense) – bloody cranesbill
- Geranium sanguineum var. striatum (lancastriense) – bloody cranesbill. Large flowers in palest sugar pink enhanced with red veins and red style and often complimented by red fading leaves. The habit is low and spreading with a fairly open structure. Has a particularly long flowering season. This is a naturally occurring British native variety discovered on Walney Island in Lancashire. 30cm tall by 60cm wide
- Geranium x cantabrigense ‘Hanne’. The flowers of this new Danish cultivar are a pearly blueish pink with a distinct white border. The effect is enhanced by a darker pink eye and stamens and the deep colour of the calyces which persist after the flowers fade. Intensely fragrant mats of low evergreen foliage. G. x cantabrigiense is a sterile hybrid raised first at Cambridge university Botanic Garden in 1974, but also occurring in the wild. Grows only about 20cm tall, but will spread to form a dense evergreen mat. Flowers May to July.