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16/07/2014 at 11:19

this is rozanne.  been flowering for months...like everyone elses's....and will do so until autumn.

nothing small for me in the garden...this is 10' across and 4' plus high.  no weeding here and easy peasy plant

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52663.jpg?width=544&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52664.jpg?width=544&height=350&mode=max

 

what varieties do you have?

16/07/2014 at 11:20

oh dear, doubled up in my haste.  silleeeee me

16/07/2014 at 13:05

I have Johnson's Blue which I prefer to Rozanne which gets too leggy and floppy for me.   Then there's Ann Folkard, 3 macrorhizums, Sweet Heidy, Kashmir White, Double Jewel, nodosum and several more for which I no longer have labels and including a very invasive pink one which I'm removing as I work my way round the garden in the big clean up.  You can definitely have too much of a good thing.

16/07/2014 at 13:11

..I like the way it's been trimmed to shape there, or appears to have been, to curve around, although it naturally forms that kind of mound...  I do the same with 'Mavis Simpson'... almost as rampant I think... still, a lovely shot with the meandering shingle paths..that's one of the style's of gardening I enjoy very much...

16/07/2014 at 13:49

No trimming to shape Salino.  I let it flop and grow.  A grass, calamagrostis Karl Foerster is beginning to rise behind it to support it I guess.  Johnsons blue will not flower so profusely as rozanne or for as long.  Rozanne will look as good or better in September so eeeeeeeeesy! I like to grow big 

Under it loads of bulbs in spring. Behind it too, just emerging next to grass, is an helenium .....so (corny, I know) a yellow/bronze/orange and blue combination soon. Cheap, easy, prolific and effective and low maintenance.

Pictures folks.....that's what this thread is calling for 

16/07/2014 at 14:18

My Johnson's Blue has been flowering for months and would have carrie don but I've pulle doff all the flwering stems to let it concentrate on smart new foliage and a new flush of flowers in August/September.

I too planted Rozanne on the corner of a path but it grew so lax that it covered the entire path and then it started swamping its neighbours.   Most of it has now been seen off by a succession of hard winters and then a boisterous hemerocallis swamped what was left after this mild winter.

16/07/2014 at 16:32

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52725.jpg?width=318&height=350&mode=max

 i have many geraniums but climate isnt right for them-rozanne blooms for a few weeks before the heat does for it-spring bloomers are better-some-ann folkard for instance- pack it in almost instantly. mavis simpson is a strange one-dies back to a tiny clump every winter then comes back and blooms all summer-here with callirhoe involucrata

16/07/2014 at 16:40

Verdun, is that one plant.? is it in full sun?

I ask because I have three very small rozannes, which are just starting to flower, and I really want them to ground cover a shady dry patch...

16/07/2014 at 16:59

Hardy geraniums are my number one favourite plant - such good 'doers' and so many different varieties for shade or sun.  Lovely picture Verdun.

16/07/2014 at 17:09
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 This Rozanne has been flowering for some weeks now - it's a great favourite with the honey bees.   This is a north facing bank so it's doing pretty well. 

16/07/2014 at 17:19

Fridgetbones - G. Phaeum is supposed to be good for dry shade.  I purchased a couple this year from a local 'open garden' and was assured they were good for that position.  I will find out next year if that is the case. 

16/07/2014 at 17:20

Lovely blue Dove.

16/07/2014 at 17:22

Fidget, yes one plant.  It is good soil there.  It's the one geranium I don't cut back mid summer cos it simply flowers and flowers.  Also, I likei it sprawling onto the path there.  Ann folkard is another vigorous geranium for me but I do retrain this a little with mid season chop.

(I'm hoping to see others' geraniums too.  I have several but could  be tempted folks  )

Its not until you grow them do you learn how to grow them.....some prefer dry and some a little moisture. Some sun some shade.  Some with good humous content soe not. 

16/07/2014 at 17:26
Forester2 wrote (see)

Fridgetbones - G. Phaeum is supposed to be good for dry shade.  I purchased a couple this year from a local 'open garden' and was assured they were good for that position.  I will find out next year if that is the case. 

I've got Phaeum in the driest part of the Shady Bank, under the biggest ash tree - it seems very happy there and is self-seeding, so if anyone wants me to send them a few little ones send me a PM.

16/07/2014 at 18:19

I've just trimmed all mine so no photos.  Sorry.

Geranium phaeum is a bit of a thug here but that's OK as I have plenty of shady spots that need ground cover, it's easy to control and the bees just love the flowers.

17/07/2014 at 00:10

..as much as I like 'Rozanne' in the ground, it grows too big for my garden, as we see in the lovely photo of Verdun's above... so I divided mine up and now grow in containers, where I plant the pot at the base of viticella Clematis so that it grows up to cover the bare few feet of stems...  I put the container in place after the Clematis has thrown up all its new shoots for the season... by end of June the Geranium has climbed 3 foot or so up the stems.... this plant was a Spring planted division...

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17/07/2014 at 00:44

'Russell Prichard'... I wish this would grow better for me.. I do find it a tricky, fussy customer... I've lost any number in the past...

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I'm very fond of this Geranium 'Cambridge'... it flowers mid-May to mid-July, coinciding with the main rose season, so I use it as underplanting..

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 ..Geranium 'Patricia'... one of my favourites.. a Psilostemon type, but I think it flowers for much longer... it will flop but I don't mind that with these...

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..I suppose I should apologise to Verdun for daring to expose roses on his thread..lol.. knowing how much he loves them of course...

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