Basic Facts:

(Common Name: Cranesbill, Hardy Geranium).

Garden Use:

There are varieties suitable for a wide range of uses - ground cover, trailing, mid-border, sun, dense shade. In fact the only situation I've not come across a Geranium to fill is very boggy or in water - but I have a sneaking suspicion there's one out there somewhere.

Wildlife Interest:

Geraniums are great plants for bees.

Cut Flower Use:

Not tried.


Different species require different conditions and there is a Geranium to suit most gardens.

There are quite invasive types among the goodies so read up about them first.

Not all "Hardy Geraniums" are hardy! - all of ours are though.


Propagation and care differs between species - see below for specific notes.

Pests and Diseases:

The only specific pest we've experienced is a saw fly caterpillar that makes holes in the leaves in late summer.


The common name is a reference to the shape of the seed capsules. Hardy Geraniums should not be confused with their half-hardy distant cousins, the Pelagoniums, which are commonly called Geraniums just to confuse things! 

A member of the Geraniaceae family.

Geranium himalayense Plenum

Double form, also known as Birch's Double

Price £6.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium macrorrhizum White-Ness

Discovered on an expedition by Ness Botanic Gardens, this form has pure white flowers over a very long period - even carrying some flower into the autumn. Unlike other varieties, the leaves are glossy and are not aromatic leading me to suspect it is cross with another species.

RHS Award of Garden Merit


Geranium monacense Claudine Dupont

Attractively coloured and patterned leaves in spring. Rose pink flowers from April to June 1 - 1/2ft / 30-45cm tall and wide.

Price £6.00 (9cm pot)

Gernaium x.oxanianum Varieties

Geranium Nesta

Tan patterning on the leaves and rose-pink semi double flowers. A good rebloomer from late May to late August 1 - 1/2ft / 30-45cm tall and wide. Prefers a little shade in summer

Named after the lady who's garden it first came up in.


Geranium x.oxonianum Lace Time

Delicately patterned flowers and clumping plants that are more compact than other of the type. Good repeat flowring. Height 1ft / 30cm.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot) SOLD OUT

Geranium x.oxonianum Sherwood

The star-shaped pink flowers appear from May onwards on plants reaching 1 1/2ft / 45cm. Good repeat flowring.

Price £5.50 (9cm pot)

Geranium x.oxanianum var Thurstanianum

A mouthful of a name for a very simple flower. Rolled up petals, purple, taller than "Sherwood".

Price £5.50 (9cm pot)

Geranium phaeum

Great for dry shade these plants from neat clumps of large, often patterned leaves and have flowers on top of 2ft stems in late spring into summer and often continue in the late summer, albeit reduced in number.

These will self seed, but not excessively but we propagate by division to ensure purity of type. I only divide plants in spring as they don't do well in pots in winter but for planting in the garden they can be divided in autumn.

Geranium phaeum Lavender Pinwheel

Lovely lavender coloured flowers with darker purple outlines of the calyces showing through.

About 2ft 3in tall in flower

Price £5.50 (9cm pot)

Geranium phaeum Lisa

Pale green leaves with pale yellow, almost white, at times, centres.

1ft tall.

Price £5.50 (9cm pot)

Geranium phaeum Rachel's Rhapsody

Mosaic-like variegation to the large leaves in yellow and green with dots of red. Rather weird. Flowers are typical maroon phaeum type.

Makes a large leaf mound about 2ft tall.

Price £6.00 (9cm pot) Available soon

Geranium phaeum Sericourt

Beautifully variegated leaves in pale lemon and green, becoming greener later in the year.

1ft tall.

Price £6.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium renardii

Felted leaves look attractive at all times. The large purple-white flowers have deeper purple veins. About 6in-9in / 15-22cm tall. Good for poor, dry soils. Needs a sunny spot.

Propagate by division in spring.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium sanguineum varities

These are low sprawling or bushy plants for sun and dry, well-drained soils. Most are about 6-9in / 15-22cm tall and about 12in / 30cm across. Best if pruned by a half of their length after the first flowering finishes. Propagate by division, root cuttings or, in some cases, seed.

Geranium sanguineum Elke

One of the best of the type. Shimmering pik flowers with silvery white edge. So pretty!

Price £6.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium sanguineum John Elsley

Brightly coloured and slightly veined flowers.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot) available soon

Geranium Stephanie

Leaves like Geranium renardii and pearly pale violet flowers from April - June. Low growing and great in dry and poor soils but give her some TLC and you won't regret it! Needs a sunny spot.

Propagate by division in spring.

Price £6.00 (9cm pot)

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