Geranium 'Orkney Cherry'
Common Name: cranesbill
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Geraniaceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to frost
Bloom Description: Pink with white throats
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Flowering decreases in too much shade. Plants tolerate some drought, but prefer moist, humusy, well-drained soils, particularly in hot summer climates. Somewhat intolerant of the heat and humidity of the deep South. If flowering stops and/or plant foliage depreciates in the heat of the summer, shear plants back to rejuvenate, shape and/or encourage additional bloom.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Orkney Cherry’ is a compact hardy geranium hybrid that is noted for its bronze foliage and prolific summer to frost bloom of pink flowers. It typically grows in dense mounds to 10” tall, but spreads to as much as 24” wide. Five-petaled, pink flowers with reddish veins and white throats bloom from late May to September (sometimes to frost) on stems clad with deeply lobed bronze-green leaves. Reduced flowering will occur in hot summer weather in the St. Louis area. Foliage forms an attractive ground cover throughout the growing season. ‘Orkney Cherry’ was bred by Alan Bremner at the Orkney Islands north of Scotland.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens or wild gardens. Small area ground cover. Grow along stone walls. Containers.