Geranium, also known as cranesbill, is a genus of over 400 species of annual, biennial, and perennial plants. Within this genus, there are several species that are considered to be hardy, meaning they can withstand cold temperatures and are well-suited for use in gardens.
Hardy geraniums, also known as cranesbills, are a popular choice for gardeners because of their versatility and easy care. These perennials are known for their long blooming period, typically from late spring to late autumn, and their ability to thrive in a variety of conditions.
This beautiful geranium with its purple and chartreuse green flowers was discovered by Lynne Edwards in her garden and named for her father who taught her about botany and encouraged her love for plants.
Largely geraniums, pelargoniums and erodium’s share the same characteristics and so they fall into the same Family known botanically as Geraniaceae. There are seven recognised species within the Geraniaceae family, but I’ll concentrate on the three largest.
I’m sure you all know that not all plants that we grow here in the UK originated here. People known as Plant Hunters have been bringing plants back to the UK for hundreds of years, reaching a peak in Victorian times. Those plants that do not originate here, plants that have been brought back from other countries are classed as non-native and can become invasive.