Stork's-bills are flowering perennials and great perennials for every garden
This perennial will delight any observer with its countless pink flowers. The petals of the blood cranesbill are veined red. Geranium sanguineum is its botanical name. The German name also refers to the fruit stalks of the plant, which resemble stork's bills. The striking cupped flowers grow in sheer numbers on the delicate shoots like a pink cloud. Stork's bills are very beautiful perennials. They lend a romantic character to any location, as in English cottage gardens. If you wish, you can also plant this perennial in modern city gardens or on balconies and terraces. This cranesbill grows as a broad and bushy plant. The plant grows between 20 and 25 centimetres tall. The flowering season lasts for months: from June to September the brilliant flush of flowers is an eye-catcher of the finest kind. If you cut back the faded flowers in summer, Geranium sanguineum will return with a second flower in late summer.
Cranesbill as ground cover and bedding plant
The flower pods attract bees, bumblebees and butterflies throughout the summer, which feast on the nectar. The sight is accompanied by the constant buzzing of insects. The pink of the flowers stands out perfectly against the dark green foliage. These are slitted and turn red in autumn. In winter the perennial sheds its leaves and retreats into the ground for winter dormancy, only to sprout again in spring.
Geranium can be used in many ways. The perennial adorns beds, borders or planters. As a ground cover it also beautifies unsightly garden corners and decoratively flatters tall shrubs or shrub and climbing roses. Cranesbill ground cover not only looks beautiful, it also charmingly suppresses stubborn weeds. You can combine the flowering plant with a wide variety of plants. Irises, daylilies, columbines, funkias or ferns go perfectly with the cranesbill. Next to roses, it even grows to its tallest form. The perennial looks best in a group planting. In this case, there should be a maximum of twelve plants per square metre.
Location and care
Stork's bills are very uncomplicated and robust. The easy-care perennial is hardy and does not need any special protection. It thrives in sunny or semi-shady locations. The soil should be humus-rich, fresh and well-drained. Geranium does not tolerate waterlogging. The vigorous perennial hardly needs any work. You can plant stork's bills all year round. Blood cranesbill will give you many years of pleasure in the garden. It is charming and fits perfectly into any garden concept. It is no wonder that this plant is one of the most popular perennials