The bright magenta black-eyed flowers of Geranium psilostemon liven up the garden, filling the gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the first of the roses. Although the flowering season is fairly short, in midsummer, this species has superb deeply divided foliage which makes a good foil for later summer flowers. In autumn the leaves turn fiery red and team well with autumnal fruits or berries. It's the perfect choice for a cottage garden or herbaceous border. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Grow Geranium psilostemon in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Remove faded flowers to rejuvenate plants, and divide congested clumps in spring.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Magenta
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Time to divide plants: March to May
Flowering period: June to August
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