• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell'

dusky cranesbill 'Lily Lovell'

dusky cranesbill 'Lily Lovell'

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  • Other common names dusky cranesbill 'Lily Lovell'

  • Family Geraniaceae

  • Genus Geranium can be annuals, biennials and perennials, herbaceous or evergreen, with rounded, usually palmately lobed or divided leaves, and lax inflorescences of rounded, 5-petalled flowers

  • Details 'Lily Lovell' is an upright perennial with bright green foliage and flat, white-eyed, dusky purple flowers 3-4cm wide in late spring and early summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun, partial shade or deep shade. Most soils (unless waterlogged) in either sun or shade are tolerated

Propagation Propagate by division between early autumn and early spring or cut back plants after flowering in summer then divide. replant and water well

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers

Pests May be damaged by vine weevil larvae, geranium sawfly larvae, capsid bug or slugs and snails

Diseases Downy mildew and a virus are occasional problems. Powdery mildew in very dry conditions may be troublesome

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