Depend on annual geraniums for big, vivid color in your beds and containers all summer long. Plant hardy geraniums for long-lasting beauty- as ground covers, front-of-the-border perennials and foliage plants.
Start geranium seeds indoors in a warm, well-lighted area about 10-12 weeks before last frost. Sow seeds 1/4" deep into individual containers filled with seed-Starting formula. Keep moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 7-21 days at 70-75¿F. Before transfer to garden, accustom to outdoor conditions by moving to a sheltered place outside for a week. Geraniums prefer rich, well-drained, moist soil in full sun. SET geranium PLANTS 12" apart and deadhead spent flowers to promote blooming.
Hardy geranium plants make a lovely, light-textured, deciduous groundcover for partial shade. They are also effective in the front of the border, in a rock garden, as a woodland plant, or as an edging. Combine them with bellflowers, coral bells, Siberian iris, Shasta daisy, salvias or sages, and columbines. Combine shade-loving geraniums with hostas, astilbes, ferns, epimediums, and hellebores.