Day 191: Geranium 'Claridge Druce'

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


My fondness for hardy geraniums is a matter of record – beautiful, hard to kill, versatile, and great for pollinators. Pink flowered Geranium x oxonianum ‘Claridge Druce’ is a particularly bomb-proof variety that bulks up quickly even on the heaviest of clay soils, withstands reasonably dry conditions and tolerates both partial shade and full sun. People will tell you that it seeds itself around liberally, and if you leave your garden for two years you might have rather more of it than you could possibly want. But it’s hardly as prolific as dandelion, and even nigella or Verbena bonariensis would out-compete its capactity to multiply, so don’t let that put you off.

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