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About The Hardy Geraniums. These fantastic perennials were not very well-known in North America until recent years, but have always been a favorite group in Europe. Now, American gardeners have really embraced them, and cant get enough. Far different from windowbox geraniums, which are in a totally different botanical group, the hardy geraniums are tough perennials that bring to gardens what every gardener wants: compact plants with beautiful flowers and a long season of bloom. Some bloom longer than others, but basically, long bloom is one big advantage of the hardy geraniums.
A common name across all the species is Cranes Bill which refers to the sharp-pointed seed pod after flowering.
Our wild species: There are about 20 species worldwide, and two magenta-flowered ones are well-known in the US as native plants. Our Wild Geranium, or Wild Cranes Bill, G. maculatum, plus another with the curious name of Herb Robert are found over most of the east as treasured wildflowers, but their short season of bloom makes them non-competitors with the hybrids for garden space. Most of the garden favorites are crosses between species from Europe and Asia.
Blue: The basic coloring of The Lilac Geranium from the Himalayas, for example, gives us many of the great blue selections. Most popular from this group is Johnsons Blue, a world favorite with large (1 1/2 to 2) true blue flowers. Another from similar parentage is Brookside with even deeper blue flowers. And then theres the newer, spectacular blue-splashed white one called Splish Splash.
Purple/Magenta/White: Geranium sanguineum, is a species native to northern Europe and Asia, and known as Bloody Cranes Bill due to its magenta flowers. It has become famous itself (the wild form) and is now the most popular hardy geranium in the US. One of the reasons is that it blooms almost all summer and fall. A cultivar named Maxfrei is a dwarf version, and a newer one, Elke has striking bi-colored flowers in magenta and white. Then theres the fantastic dwarf white one with pink veins in large white petals, called Geranium sanguineum var striatum, to me, the best-looking of them all.
Pink: Patricia is a favorite deep pink and is also one of the larger plants, up to 36. Another sensational pink one thats only about 12 high is Ballerina, from the G. cinereum species with large striped pink petals and dark centers, almost like a bicolored petunia. And more recently, Purple Pillow from this group gives us really red flowers with a purple sheen.
You cant have too many hardy geraniums. They are wonderful as edging in the front of a border, and equally impressive as mounded specimen plants anywhere. If theyre sheared after bloom, many will do a complete repeat performance for you before fall. If you dont have them in your garden, start your collection now. Youll love them all.
|Common Name||Crane's Bill|
|Zones||5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade|
|Flower Size||2.5" flowers|
|Mature Height||8-10" tall|
|Estimated Mature Spread||8-10" wide|
|Bloom Time||Early summer to mid fall|
|Planting Depth||Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.|
|Ships As||Bare Root|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Loamy Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Well Draining|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.
As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.
You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.
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Comments about American Meadows Geranium Havana Blues:
I used the Havana Blues in a corner of a flower bed where not much ever grew well. This geranium grew quickly and has filled in over the summer to a beautiful mound of purple flowers and pretty shaped leaves. Loved it so much, I bought several more.
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