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Hi all - as some of you know I moved here from Chicago in December. I've begun the rip out and redo of pretty much all the gardens. Do perennial geraniums not do well in TX? I know it's still a little early but I can't find any and I've been to at least 7 different nurseries. I had found some great violets and they are so easy...
Welcome to TX! I am not an expert on geraniums, but I have never seen perennial geraniums in my area - the upper Gulf coast. In fact, I always thought "geranium" was what I now know to be "zonal geranium", which is much different from the plant you're talking about. I can't find the thread from last year where I found this out. It seems to me that the person who explained the difference to me also said it is probably too hot here for for them.
How about you guys in northern TX, do any of you grow perenial geranium?
Heidi, I'm around 30 miles from San Antonio, and I've tried just about every perennial geranium that I can get my hands on, and all have died (some faster than others), except for one small pinkish-red flowered one I got at home depot two years ago, which had no tag of course.
I'm trying again this year with a south african species that I started from seed... they're still alive and doing well at the moment, but it's not that hot yet. My fingers are crossed:-) I'll post a picture if I can find one somewhere.
I planted some perennial geranium in the fall of 2003. They did not bloom last year and didn't take the heat very well. They look nice and green right now so I'm hoping the second year is much better. :-)
I found 2 varieties at Redenta's this past weekend and ordered a few online - figured I'd take my chances. I'm still trying to determine how much sun parts of my yard get so I'm sure I'll have some casualties. I thought my front garden was shaded by the house, this weekend it appears I'm not exactly facing north - more northwest I guess.
I planted four different types of Geraniums (from Lowes), on the North side of the house, and all made it through the winter to bloom again in the Spring; along with tuberous begonias. Moved to a new house last year, and planted Ivy Geranium under Nellie R Steven hollies on the south side, and they all did well through the summer, w/ lots of mulch. Since, I'm currently in Iraq, I'm not sure how they did through the winter this year.
I did receive my little Johnsons Blue from Krazy keiths. They looked small and almost "bean sprout" looking. I planted,and watered... then went away for a week. I got back on Friday, and they have grown, have leaves and are 2-3" tall. I am keeping my fingers crossed!
If this works, It will be the best $3 I have spent!