This is a genus of 422 species, annuals, biennials, and perennials, all commonly known as cranesbills. The flowers have 5 petals, often with distinct veining. Geraniums will grow in any soil as long as it is not water-logged. Very reliable plants. Deer and rabbit resistant.
Excellent for understory plantings or shaded gardens. Sticky, hairy lobed foliage turns a bright red in the fall. Small delicate pale lavender flowers stand tall above the foliage and bloom in early summer. Easy to transplant. oliage is grazed by deer. Medium drought tolerance. Intermountain Native Perennial.
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Plant in spring, spacing plants 6 inches to 2 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Cut back the plant after flowering to stimulate new growth and reblooming. Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.
Astilbe – Upright feathery flower spikes and ferny foliage make astilbe a fine companion for the more mounding geranium. Both thrive in rich, moist soil.
Daylily – Blooming more or less at the same time as geraniums, daylilies in yellow, gold, and orange make perfect partners for blue or violet geraniums.
Iris – The vertical sword-shape leaves of Siberian iris bring height and textural variety when planted with geraniums. The flowers of Caesar’s Brother iris echo the color of Johnson’s Blue or showy geranium.
Veronica – In a sunny spot, the spikes of clear blue flowers of Crater Lake Blue veronica provide a vertical accent against the saucer-shape pink or blue flowers of mounding geraniums.