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Geranium maculatum Espresso

Cranesbill

Dark foliage and bright pink flowers

The chocolatey-bronze, maple-like leaves are a very attractive feature of this hardy geranium, it makes a bushy clump with pale-pink flowers that start to bloom in early spring.

Where?

Happy in sun or partial shade. Good for ground cover or use to edge a border.

How?

It needs 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 after the first flush of flowers to rejuvenate the leaves and encourage more flowers later in the season.

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 Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 35 cm - 45 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, 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 Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From May to September