Geranium phaeum 'Samobor'
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Brilliant plant for a spot where other plants find it hard to grow - so deep shade and dry spots underneath trees and climbers. It’s pretty too. Not massively showy, the flowers are a purpley-brown and quite small, but it flowers when not much else has gotten going and close up the flowers are very sweet. The leaves are ringed with black, so they are interesting in and of themselves.
Easy to care for plant which will grow almost anywhere. Once flowering has finished, cut plant down, getting rid of old flowers and tatty leaves. Soon you’ll get a new crop of leaves that will look fresh and pretty. If plants are getting very big, lift and divide them in Spring.
May to June
Aquilegia 'Black Barlow' has similarly dark, almost black flowers and together they can make quite an impact. The leaves of this Geranium are very unusual and if you plant dark red or orange tulips with them, you get a great lush combination with the green and black of the foliage and the hot colours of the flowers.
height - 0.80m
width - 0.45m
• Geranium phaeum - it’s the same except it doesn't have marks on the leaves.
• There are lots of geraniums and too many to mention here - but ones to consider are:-
• Geranium psilostemon - 1.2m x 1.2m and irridescent coloured flowers
• Geranium pratense 'Mrs Kendall Clark - the most beautiful lavender flowers