Plant Family Guides: Geranium - Cranesbills

 

Great Rose Companion Plants: Geraniums

Hardy geraniums are classic rose companions. They are great at insinuating themselves among the bare legs of roses, and help reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and prevent diseases.

Fabulous Hardy Geraniums for Your Pacific Northwest Garden Borders

If you are looking for a beautiful, low-maintenance, border geranium that will sail through the challenges of the seasons in the Pacific Northwest region, you may want to consider these top performing varieties.

Hardy Geraniums (Cranesbill)

Bursting with flowers, hardy geraniums also enjoy a lush foliage which adds valuable texture in the garden. Incredibly tough, pest and disease resistant, they give a lot and require very little. Most hardy geraniums are ridiculously easy to grow.

Great Hardy Geraniums for Rock Gardens

The best hardy geranium species and cultivars for rock gardens are those which require sharp drainage and gritty, rocky or sandy soil. 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.

Great Hardy Geraniums as Ground Covers

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.

Great Hardy Geraniums for Shade

There are plenty of shade-loving geranium species and cultivars which thrive in light or dappled shade. Some even flourish in spots that get more shade than sun, such as beneath a canopy of trees or shrubs and trees.

Long-Blooming Hardy Geraniums for your Garden

Some hardy geraniums enjoy remarkably long flowering seasons, extending from late spring to late fall. The best varieties will flower continuously all summer long giving your garden cheerful color.

Great Evergreen or Semi-Evergreen Hardy Geraniums

Some hardy geraniums are evergreen or semi-evergreen and make excellent groundcovers - so don't cut back their foliage in the fall! Don't confuse them with the lovely bedding plants called 'geraniums', which belong to the genus Pelargonium and are much more tender (very few are hardy). Hardy geraniums or cranesbills are perennial plants that belong to the genus Geranium and thrive in temperate climates with cool summers and cool summer nights.

Best of the Best Hardy Geraniums

There are about 300 species and a plethora of cultivars and hybrids in the world. If you are looking for the best hardy geranium that will sail through the challenges of the seasons, you may want to consider any of these top performing varieties in terms of ornamental qualities, ease of growth, hardiness, and disease and pest resistance.

Great Hardy Geraniums for your Beds and Borders

Many hardy geraniums form large mounds or upright vase-shaped clumps that are perfect for beds and borders. Planted as specimens or in small groups, they are brilliant at filling in gaps, covering otherwise bare and boring soil, and most keep on flowering month after month.