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.