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Great Hardy Geraniums as Ground Covers

Best Hardy Geraniums

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Bursting with flowers, hardy geraniums also feature lush foliage, which adds valuable texture to the garden. Incredibly tough, pest and disease-resistant, they give a lot and require very little. Most hardy geraniums are ridiculously easy to grow. All they require is moderately fertile, well-drained soil. A few species are even reliably drought-tolerant in normal summer conditions.

Hardy geraniums forming low mounds of well-formed foliage and dainty flowers make superb flowering ground covers. Flowering at no more than 1 ft. (30cm) high and often much shorter, they earn their place in the smallest garden. They are quite effective as underplantings for trees and shrubs, as well as choking weeds in garden areas that are difficult to cultivate. Most tolerate morning sun and afternoon shade and do best in light shade.

Most bloom profusely over a very long season, extending from late spring to late fall (if cut back hard after the first flush of blooms starts to fade in early summer).

To beautify your landscape, there is a broad array of colors and textures to choose from. If you are looking for a beautiful, low-maintenance, hardy geranium that will sail through the challenges of the seasons, you may want to consider these top-performing varieties. As you will note, some of them have received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society!

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 9
Plant Type Perennials
Genus Geranium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Ground Covers

Great Hardy Geraniums as Ground Covers

Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium ‘Brookside’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium ‘Elke’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium ‘Mavis Simpson’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium ‘Orion’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium ‘Patricia’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium Rozanne (Cranesbill)
Geranium ‘Sweet Heidy’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium himalayense (Lilac Cranesbill)
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Czakor’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ (Spotted Cranesbill)
Geranium pratense ‘Mrs Kendall Clark’ (Meadow Cranesbill)
Geranium pratense ‘Plenum Violaceum’ (Meadow Cranesbill)
Geranium pratense (Meadow Cranesbill)
Geranium psilostemon (Armenian Cranesbill)
Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’ (Mountain Cranesbill)
Geranium sanguineum var. striatum (Bloody Cranesbill)
Geranium wallichianum Havana Blues (Cranesbill)
Geranium wlassovianum (Cranesbill)
Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Karmina’ (Cranesbill)
Geranium x magnificum (Purple Cranesbill)
Geranium x oxonianum ‘Claridge Druce’ (Cranesbill)

Discover These Helpful Guides for Further Reading

Best of the Best Hardy Geraniums
Great Evergreen or Semi-Evergreen Hardy Geraniums
Great Hardy Geraniums for Rock Gardens
Great Hardy Geraniums for Shade
Great Hardy Geraniums for your Beds and Borders
Long-Blooming Hardy Geraniums for your Garden

Garden Examples

A Fabulous Perennial Planting Idea
A Fragrant Garden Haven Idea
A Fragrant Garden Retreat Idea
A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies
A Wonderful Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Plants
A Pastel Border Idea with Astilbes, Hemerocallis and Geranium
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 9
Plant Type Perennials
Genus Geranium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Ground Covers
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