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Geraniums That Tolerate Shade
May’s Featured Plants
Genus: Geranium Genus of over 300 species of small and medium temperate zone perennials that vary greatly in
terms of cultivation conditions, but are valued for delicate flowers and foliage, hardiness and low maintenance.
Did you know – Its common name ‘Cranesbill’ derives from the seed column of some species which looks like a crane’s long beak.
Geranium nodosum – species native to mountainous wooded areas from the Pyrenees
eastwards to Balkans, this modest but hardy geranium produces loose clusters of small
dark veined lilac flowers that sprawl above glossy mid-green foliage, June – October.
Tolerant of dry shade areas
Extended flowering season
Looks good with Silene fimbriata,
Aster divaricatus,
Roscoa auriculata
Ideal for:
Cottage and informal gardens
Beds and borders
Ground cover
Underplanting of shrubs,
Appearance
Size:
Flower:
Foliage:
Habit:
How to grow
Hardiness:
Soil:
Drainage:
Light:
Propagation:
roses and trees, dry shade
Slopes and banks
45cm high x 75cm wide
2 -3cm wide dark veined lilac
flowers, June-October
trilobed, glossy, mid-green
sprawling, clump-forming
Pruning:
Note:
hardy down to – 15 degrees C
any reasonably fertile soil
well-drained
moist but well-drained
part shade, full shade tolerated
division and basal cuttings in
spring, root with bottom heat
remove old leaves/stems for new
growth
beware vine weevil and sawflies
Geranium phaeum – ‘Mourning Widow’ – naturalised in Scotland, but native to
subalpine meadows, woods and banks in C. Europe, this tall geranium has small white
eyed purple flowers on thin, lax stems above red spotted soft green foliage, May –July.
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Good for damp shade areas
Easy for beginners
Plant with Astrantia ‘Buckland’,
Aconitum ‘Ivorine’,
Actaea ramosa
Ideal for:
Cottage and informal gardens
Beds and borders
Underplanting of shrubs,
roses and trees
Appearance
Size:
Flower:
Foliage:
Habit:
60cm high x 75cm wide
white eyed, purple flower, reflex
petals, May - July
red spotted, soft green foliage
erect, clump-forming
How to grow
Hardiness:
Soil:
Drainage:
Light:
Propagation:
Damp shade
Pruning:
Note:
hardy down to – 20 degrees C
any reasonably fertile soil
well-drained
sun to part shade, shade
division and basal cuttings in
spring, root with bottom heat,
germinate seeds outside in spring
cut old leaves/ flowered stems to
base for new growth
watch out for slugs, snails, vine
weevil and sawflies
Geraniums That Tolerate Shade
May’s Featured Plants
Genus: Geranium Genus of over 300 species of small and medium temperate zone perennials that vary greatly in
April’s Featured Plants
terms of cultivation conditions, but are valued for delicate flowers and foliage, hardiness and low maintenance.
Did you know – Its common name ‘Cranesbill’ derives from the seed column of some species which looks like a crane’s long beak.
Geranium phaeum var. phaeum ‘Samobor’- more upright geranium with nodding
deep purple flowers held high above striking brown banded green foliage on branched
stems, late spring – early summer.
Good for dry shade areas
Striking foliage and flower colour
Plant with Digitalis lutea,
Aquilegia longissima, Euphorbia
amygdaloides var. robbiae
Ideal for:
Cottage and informal gardens
Beds and borders
Underplanting of shrubs,
roses and trees, dry shade
Ground cover
Appearance
Size:
Flower:
Foliage:
Habit:
50cm high x 50cm wide
dark purple, almost black flowers,
striking brown markings on mid green foliage
upright, may need support
How to grow
Hardiness:
Soil:
Drainage:
Light:
Propagation:
Pruning:
Note:
hardy down to – 20 degrees C
any reasonably fertile soil
well-drained
sun to part shade, shade
division and basal cuttings in
spring, root with bottom heat
cut old leaves/ flowered stems to
base for new growth
as G. phaeum
Geranium phaeum ‘Album’ – cultivar that is valued for its height and small, pure white
att anthers that are held on branched
Bedsflowers
and borders
nodding
with reflexed petals and golden
stems above mid green foliage from late spring – early summer.
Great for damp shady areas
Taller cultivar and easy to grow
Plant with Alchemilla mollis,
Astilbe chinensis 'Purpurkerze',
Campanula takesimana
‘Elizabeth’,
Ideal for:
Cottage and informal gardens
Beds and borders
Ground cover
Underplanting of shrubs and
roses
Damp shade
Appearance
Size:
Flower:
Foliage:
Habit:
75cm high x 60 cm wide
small, white flowers, late springearly summer
mid green, spring-summer
upright, clump-forming
How to grow
Hardiness:
Soil:
Drainage:
Light:
Pruning:
Propagation:
Note:
hardy down to – 20 degrees C
any reasonably fertile soil
well-drained
sun to part shade, shade
cut old leaves/ flowered stems to
base for new growth
division and basal cuttings in
spring, root with bottom heat
as G. phaeum
Geraniums That Tolerate Shade
May’s Featured Plants
Genus: Geranium Genus of over 300 species of small and medium temperate zone perennials that vary greatly in
terms of cultivation conditions, but are valued for delicate flowers and foliage, hardiness and low maintenance.
Did you know – Its common name ‘Cranesbill’ derives from the seed column of some species which looks like a crane’s long beak.
.
Geranium robertianum ‘Album’ – ‘White Herb Robert’ – cultivar of species commonly
found inanBritish
hedgerows,
this annual/biennial
produces
masses
of small the
white
Did you know – an ancient medicine,
overdose
of Hellebore
may have caused
the death
of Alexander
Great
blooms in spring above deeply dissected mid-green foliage that turns red in autumn.
near water
Shade tolerant
Easy for beginners
Plant with Dicentra formosa,
Maiathemum stellatum,
Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Double’
Ideal for:
Cottage and informal gardens
Rock gardens
Appearance
Size:
Flower:
Foliage:
Habit:
How to grow
Hardiness:
Soil:
Drainage:
Native species gardens
Ground cover
60cm high x 60cm wide
small white flowers in spring
deeply dissected mid-green
spreading, branching
Light:
Propagation:
Low maintenance
Note:
hardy down to – 15 degrees C
any good soil
well-drained
moist but well-drained
sun to part shade, shade
as an annual/biennial, this
geranium grows freely from
seed
pest-free, self-seeds prolifically
Geranium sylvaticum ‘Album’ AGM – cultivar of native European species found within
open woods, grassy places adjacent roads and rivers – compact geranium valued for its
pure white blooms in late spring - early summer, over divided pale green basal foliage.
Award of Garden Merit
Attractive, shade tolerant
Plant with Silene dioica ‘Firefly’
PBR, Digitalis grandiflora AGM,
Monarda ‘Prarienacht’,
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Appearance
Size:
Flower:
Foliage:
Habit:
Ideal for:
Cottage and informal gardens
Beds and borders
Underplanting of shrubs/roses
Clambering through other
plants
River meadows
45cm wide x 60cm high
pure white flowers, late spring –
early summer
pale green foliage, deeply divided,
spring - summer
bushy
How to grow
Hardiness:
Soil:
Drainage:
Light:
Pruning:
Propagation:
Note:
hardy down to – 15 degrees C
any moderately fertile soil
moist but well-drained
sun to part shade, shade
remove old leaves /flowered
stems for new growth
in spring by division or basal
cuttings - root with bottom heat
watch out for vine weevil, capsid
bug and sawflies
Geraniums That Tolerate Shade
May’s Featured Plants
Genus: Geranium Genus of over 300 species of small and medium temperate zone perennials that vary greatly in
terms of cultivation conditions, but are valued for delicate flowers and foliage, hardiness and low maintenance.
Did you know – Its common name ‘Cranesbill’ derives from the seed column of some species which looks like a crane’s long beak.
.
Geranium psilostemon AGM – native to SW Caucasus scrub, open spruce forests and
subalpine
hay meadows
- a striking
geranium
valued
height
vivid black
centred
Did you know – an ancient medicine,
an overdose
of Hellebore
may
have caused
thefor
death
of and
Alexander
the Great
magenta flowers, June - August, above green foliage that develops red tints in autumn.
near water
Award of Garden Merit
Easy to grow & free-flowering
Plant with Euphorbia rigida AGM,
Echinacea ‘Green Envy’,
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Chile
Black’
Ideal for:
Cottage and informal gardens
Beds, borders and containers
Appearance
Size:
Flower:
Foliage:
Habit:
How to grow
Hardiness:
Soil:
Drainage:
Banks and slopes
Underplanting of shrubs/roses
Light:
Propagation:
Ground cover
Low maintenance gardens
100cm high x 45cm wide
vivid 4cm wide magenta flower,
black centred, June – August
green summer, autumnal tints
clump-forming, may need some
support
Pruning:
Note:
att
hardy down to – 15 degrees C
any good soil
well-drained
moist, but well-drained
partial shade to sun
division and basal cuttings,
spring
remove old leaves and flowered
stems late summer
watch out for slugs, snails, vine
weevil and sawflies