Orkney Cherry Dwarf Cranesbill
Geranium 'Orkney Cherry'
Orkney Cherry Dwarf Cranesbill flowers
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Height: 12 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Hardy Geranium
Bright pink saucer shape blooms with purple veins, cover this low, spreading mound; deeply cut leaves have a bronzy hue; deadhead spent flowers for reblooming later in the season
Orkney Cherry Dwarf Cranesbill has masses of beautiful hot pink flowers with white eyes and purple veins at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed palmate leaves remain coppery-bronze in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Orkney Cherry Dwarf Cranesbill is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Orkney Cherry Dwarf Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Orkney Cherry Dwarf Cranesbill will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 22 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Orkney Cherry Dwarf Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.