Gardening with Hardy Geraniums

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Hardy geraniums were the first plants to shrug off the rigours of her coastal climate and grow in Birgitte Husted Bendtsen's garden every bit as well as they did in the fertile, sheltered plots further east in Denmark. Add to this their tolerance of dogs and children, resistance to pests and diseases, interesting foliage, and delightful flowers in a wide range of colours, and it is little surprise that Birgitte developed an insatiable passion for them. In this book, she shares her knowledge of cultivating the plants and highlights the most garden worthy species and varieties. Expert cultivation advice, including comments on soil preferences and hardiness, is followed by fascinating information on pollination, and failsafe propagation secrets. Captivating colour photographs display key characteristics of hardy geraniums including their legendary range of flower colour and intricate, often highly marked, foliage. Here readers may marvel at the many cultivars of Geranium x oxonianum, enjoy favorites like Geranium 'Ann Folkard' with its striking black eye against magenta background, and covet the fine-leaved, blue-flowering Geranium himalayense. Smaller varieties ideal for growing in rockeries, containers and troughs are described along with perfect geraniums for associating with roses of all colours. Birgitte Husted Bendtsen communicates like a true enthusiast and the text is peppered with interesting anecdotes including news of an exciting variety that is prized for its blue flowers and modest stature. With over 400 species and hybrids of hardy geraniums and 450 beautiful colour photographs, this book is both rich in information and beautiful to browse. It is a long-awaited reference that will delight seasoned enthusiasts and introduce a whole new generation of gardeners to the charms of the hardy geranium.

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Infinitely varied, incredibly robust and blessed with a long flowering period, it is little surprise that hardy geraniums are many gardeners number one perennial. In nature, their habitat extends from woods to sunny mountainsides so there is a geranium for every position in the garden. A wide range of colour and markings on both flower and leaf, along with a delightfully relaxed habit, ensures their contribution to the garden throughout the summer season. There are over 400 geraniums described in the book including many of the latest gardenworthy cultivars. Over 450 photographs turn the spotlight on individual characteristics allowing enthusiasts to compare and contrast colour, flower shape and markings. This is both an authoritative reference work and an inspiration to gardeners everywhere.

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Birgitte Husted Bendtsen first became interested in hardy geraniums as a young member of the Jutland Garden Society in her native Denmark. Once hooked, she resolved to learn more, and she now holds a comprehensive collection. A skilled photographer and gifted writer, Birgitte Husted Bendtsen contributes articles on a range of gardening subjects.

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