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Which of these hardy geraniums is better?

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 15:10

I have grown Brookside, Orion, Rozanne, Jolly Bee and Johnsons Blue.....had a thing for hardy geraniums once. 

I found Brookside to be shorter blooming than Rozanne and more blue.  I have Brookside in a corner and recently cut back hard so just foliage there for 3 weeks or so.  Rozanne, for me,,goes on and on and I never cut it back.  More purple than blue.

here hardy geraniums make big spreading plants so I have removed many to accommodate other preferred plants.......apart from the blues I have Ann Folkhard, Elke, Wargrave Pink. Coombland White, and Elke.  

however, Johnsons Blue does not flower for very long and I found ir a very over rated plant. It collapses when in full flower and the foliage quite thin

my choice of blues would be Orion, Rozanne and Black Beauty ...this has plum foliage and gemtian blue flowers in mid summer but soon goes over.  Cut back and it often flowers again for a short time.  Always wanted Blue Cloud for a paler blue 

Lawn reshaping

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 20:45

PP, I often do this.....trim the turf back and trench it in upside down about 30 cm deep.  Very effective,,quick and clean.  Would not kill the grass first....not necessary 

Dying Viburnum

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 20:41

Check it out then TT ...maybe your neighbour overzealously cut your shrub.    Otherwise a disease like canker 

Dying Viburnum

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 20:16

Oops! Posts crossed there Nut 

Dying Viburnum

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 20:15

Looks like a canker to me if you are sure  it is not simply a broken branch or two.  Have you looked to check this Tall Trees?

Definitely not wind burn

What is your weather like?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 19:55

It will all clear up tomorrow GD 

So, this is the result of my weeding but...

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 19:38

Green stuart I would concentrate on removing those stumps.   Forget weeds etc, the stumps will make proper plantng there impossible.    For ever 

I have to remove a large juniper next month.......the trunk is thick and the easy "solution" would be to cut it down to ground level.  I wont.  I will get it out .....the satisfaction then is immense and I will put plenty of goodness back in and plan a new perennial/ shrub border.

think again green stuart 

Oh come on!

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 19:26

High protein arent they Philippa?  

Oh come on!

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 19:14


What is your weather like?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 19:09

Wet it was!  

Checked around the garden at lunchtime fearing dahlias, heleniums and others would have been damaged by the relentless rain.  The odd stem here and there but nothing serious.  Cannas still at 7' plus as are grasses, sanguisorbas and the like.  Ironically, plants not supported have done as well as those that were. lesson there...maybe if plants are grown hard they will sway rather than break in wind/rain ....???

drier now and high pressure approaching now so I think all,is well.

anyone get plants damaged? 

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