Geranium 'Philippe Vapelle'

Hardy geranium

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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Plant details

Philippe Vapelle' is one of the hundreds of hardy geraniums that Orkney farmer, Alan Bremner has raised in his garden. It produces purple flowers with dark veins all summer long and makes a neat, mound-shaped plant. Hardy geraniums are ideal for adding an informal touch to cottage gardens and are great for adding colour to shady spots in the garden.

Family: Geraniaceae

Genus: Geranium

Cultivar: Philippe Vapelle

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 38cm

Spread: 25cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Reader reviews

gardenning granny

I garden on heavy clay and I originally bought this plant from the Swiss Gardens at Old warden, Bedfordshire. I planted it in a shady damp corner where it has thrived. I have now got a patch in a sunny, dry bed - that too thrives. What I particularly love about it is the textured leaves with rounded edges - quite different from any other geranium I have ever seen. Not a showstopper, but hardy, reliable, and always noticed by other gardeners.

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