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The large family of cranesbills is extremely versatile: in addition to small, delicate border perennials and large-flowered varieties, the ground-covering cranesbill species are particularly popular. We introduce you to some of the most beautiful varieties.

There are many cranesbill species that are suitable as ground cover

Which cranesbill is suitable for ground cover?

In the following table we have put together some cranesbill species that are particularly suitable for ground-covering planting. The evergreen rock cranesbill, also known as the Balkan cranesbill, is particularly recommended. If you are looking for a ground cover that keeps annoying weeds at bay, an evergreen plant is a good choice. In dark locations, on the other hand, it makes more sense to choose a shade-tolerant ground cover.

Overview: suitable cranesbill species

Cranesbill Art Latin designation heyday growth height location plants per square meter special feature
Balkan cranesbill Geranium macrorrhizum May to July up to 30 cm sunny to shady 8 evergreen
Cambridge cranesbill Geranium cantabrigiense May to July up to 25 cm sunny to semi-shady 16 evergreen
Clarke's cranesbill Geranium clarkei June to August up to 50 cm sunny to semi-shady 11 very vigorous
Himalayan Cranesbill Geranium himalayense June and July up to 40 cm sunny to semi-shady 8 for sunny discounts
Heartleaf cranesbill Geranium ibericum June and July up to 50 cm sunny to semi-shady 8 undergrowth
Magnificent cranesbill Geranium magnificum May to June up to 60 cm sunny to semi-shady 11 undergrowth
Oxford cranesbill Geranium oxonianum June to August up to 60 cm sunny to shady 5 shade tolerant
Knotty Mountain Forest Cranesbill Geranium nodosum June to August up to 50 cm sunny to shady 11 shade tolerant
Caucasus cranesbill Geranium renardii June to July up to 30 cm sunny 11 foliage perennial

Plant and care for ground cover

Basically, ground-covering plants like the cranesbill need little care. This also makes sense, after all, such a planting should save the gardener work by keeping unwanted weeds away. Therefore, before planting a ground cover, you should first carry out a thorough tillage and remove all weeds. For this reason, ground-covering perennials should not be planted until late summer, if possible, when weed growth has slowed.

tips

Avoid loosening the soil with a hoe after planting: the sharp metal edges can severely damage the roots, which are usually quite low.

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