The Advantages Of Planting Hardy Geranium Plants
Geranium - genus Geranium
There are many advantages of planting hardy geranium plants known to sport small to medium sized flowers with notched leaves. Geraniums earned the description hardy due to its low maintenance care requirements and its ability to withstand harsher climates. This plant is a favorite of gardeners and landscapers, and it grows best in zones 3 to 9. This pleasantly scented plant is a wildflower. It grows anywhere from 6 inches to 8 feet high, depending on variety. The expansion width is generally from 6 inches to 4 feet across. It is an excellent pick for garden borders, walkway edges, rock gardens and any areas needing more green and colorful vegetation.
While this plant loves the sun, some varieties do well even in quite shady spots. Most prefer the afternoon or morning sun. Too much sun all day is generally not a good idea. These plants do best when not over watered. They like good water drenching only about once a week. It is recommended that the gardener prune back these plants around mid-season to ward off mold and mildew growth commonly encountered if planted in a hot and humid region. Geraniums planted in more temperate climates only need to be pruned when their typical irregular growth patterns become too untidy. Remember to keep at least 2-3 inches of the stem close to the ground.
This versatile plant is excellent for floral or vegetable gardens. Many flowers, fruits, and vegetables attract pests, rodents or other animals. Planting geraniums help keep these unwanted visitors away. The spicy pine scent of a geranium flower naturally repels many plant damaging animals and other pests. Geraniums come in several varieties of flower colors including shades of pinks, purples, whites, and blues. These beautiful plants will typically bloom more if they receive 6-8 hours of daily sunlight. Hardy geraniums are gorgeous plants that are ideal selections to add color and foliage wherever needed.