Summer geraniums

I love this time of year in the garden. Far from being the dry wasteland that early 2012 predicted, abundant rain means that plants are thriving. Once again, my garden has burst in vibrant life, with oriental poppies, lupins and iris putting up flower stems. The winds have caused some damage, but I’ve managed to tie everything in so that snapped stalks were minimal.

After the beautiful geums faded from last month, they’ve been replaced by single petalled and elegant geraniums. I love planting numerous species of plants in different areas of the garden because of the burst of life you get at the same time. Whilst last month the marmalade and strawberry geums lit up the garden, now it is the turn of geraniums. A. T. Johnson is a great little plant which seems to double in size as you watch it. Positioned in partial shade by the chicken coop, and interspersed with daylillies, the soft delicate pink flowers will continue for many weeks and clash wonderfully of the orange lillies waiting to erupt. You can often force two flowerings of this plant, and by heavily cutting back when they start to fade, another crop of flowers can be induced for the late summer and early autumn.

Meanwhile, towards the front of the garden where poppies and peonies lay, sits a lovely purple geranium. It draws the eye out from the living room and into the garden where bees actively suck up the rick nectar that these flowers provide. Once again, it has an abundance of flowers and seems to fill the space with its thriving growth. Alas, unlike A. T. Johnson, I’ve never been able to force another flowering season for this, but it still lifts the start of summer magnificently well.

If you’re looking for plants which are incredibly easy to grow, abundant in flower, and will offer a great summer perennial starter, then geraniums are ideal. And, by utilising several species, you can ensure that you’re garden is filled for beautiful blooms at this time of year.

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