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Geranium Blushing Turtle

Cranesbill

A decorative ground cover

In summer the brilliant orchid-pink flowers of this superb hardy geranium look beautiful set against the backdrop of bright green, maple-like leaves.

Where?

A sunny spot in a mixed border is perfect, although this Cranesbill is happy in some light shade as well. It is the ideal ground cover for mixed borders and among roses.

How?

Best in moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - home made garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Trim back lightly after flowering in summer to revitalise foliage and encourage a second flush of flowers.

The common name for a hardy geranium is cranesbill because the seed pods look like a bird's bill.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - November
Evergreen No
Plant height 45 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 65 cm - 90 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 55 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From May to September