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Geranium wallichianum 'Buxton's Variety'

geranium 'Buxton's Variety'

geranium 'Buxton's Variety'

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  • Other common names geranium 'Buxton's Variety'

  • Synonyms Geranium wallichianum 'Buxton's Blue'
    Geranium 'Buxton's Blue'

  • 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 'Buxton's Variety' is a low, spreading herbaceous perennial to 30cm in height, with trailing stems bearing 5-lobed leaves and saucer-shaped light violet-blue flowers 3cm in width, with a large white central zone and dark veins

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Trailing

  • 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)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

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

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam, Chalk, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any moderately fertile soil apart from waterlogged soils. Full sun or partial shade is best but shade is tolerated

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in pots outdoors as soon as ripe or in spring. Propagate by division in spring or propagate by basal cuttings in early to mid spring and root with bottom heat

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Ground Cover 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 get vine weevil, capsid bug and sawflies

Diseases May be affected by a downy mildew and powdery mildews

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