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Hardy Geranium sanguineum ‘Vision Violet’

Hardy Geranium sanguineum ‘Vision Violet’

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Sustainably Grown Organic Geranium sanguineum ‘Vision Violet’ 

🌿 This organic Geranium sanguineum ‘Vision Violet’ is a stunning variety of hardy geranium that produces clusters of vibrant violet flowers, with dark veins and white centres, from late spring to early summer. The flowers are saucer-shaped and contrast beautifully with the finely cut, dark green foliage. This compact perennial is easy to grow, drought-tolerant, and deer-resistant, and will add a touch of elegance to the front of the border, rock garden, or container. 

🌞 Plant Features

🌸 Flowers: Violet, saucer-shaped, with dark veins and white centres, 2.5 cm across, in clusters of 2-5, from late spring to early summer. The flowers are long-lasting and have a delicate fragrance. 

🌿 Habit: Compact, mound-forming, spreading, 15-25 cm tall and 30-45 cm wide. The plant has a dense and bushy habit, with slender stems and finely cut, dark green leaves that are slightly hairy and aromatic.

 🏡 Landscaping: Ideal for front of the border, rock garden, ground cover, or container. The plant can tolerate a range of soil types and moisture levels, as long as they are well-drained. It prefers full sun or partial shade, and can cope with some drought and low temperatures. It adds happy colour to any garden setting, and contrasts well with other plants that have larger or lighter foliage or flowers. 

🌸 Maintenance: Low, prune back after flowering to encourage fresh growth and repeat blooming, divide every 3-4 years to maintain vigour. The plant is easy to care for, and does not require much fertilising or watering once established. It is also resistant to most pests and diseases, and deer and rabbits tend to avoid it. 

🍂 Seasonal Interest: Flowers in late spring and early summer, foliage turns red in autumn. The plant provides interest throughout the year, with its vibrant flowers in late spring and early summer, and its attractive foliage that turns red in autumn. The plant can also produce some sporadic flowers in late summer or autumn, depending on the weather and growing conditions. 

🦋 Supporting pollinators: Attracts bees and butterflies. The plant is a valuable source of nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies, especially in late spring and early summer when other flowers may be scarce. The plant also provides shelter and food for other beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and lacewings.

🏡 Garden Uses

  • Geranium sanguineum ‘Vision Violet’ can be planted in full sun or partial shade, in well-drained, fertile soil
  • It can be mixed with other perennials, such as salvia, nepeta, or lavender, to create a colourful and fragrant display
  • It can also be used as a ground cover under shrubs or roses, or as an edging along paths or walls
  • It can be grown in pots or hanging baskets, where it will spill over the edges and create a cascading effect

🌱 How to Care For Geranium sanguineum ‘Vision Violet’

  • Water regularly during the first growing season, then reduce watering once established
  • Apply a balanced fertiliser in spring, and again after the first flush of flowers
  • Deadhead spent flowers to prolong blooming and prevent self-seeding
  • Cut back the foliage after flowering to keep the plant tidy and encourage fresh growth
  • Mulch around the plant in autumn to protect the roots from frost
  • Divide the plant in spring or autumn, every 3-4 years, to rejuvenate it and prevent overcrowding

🚫 Is Geranium sanguineum ‘Vision Violet’ Invasive?

  • No, Geranium sanguineum ‘Vision Violet’ is not invasive, as it does not spread aggressively or displace native plants
  • However, it may self-seed in favourable conditions, so it is advisable to remove any unwanted seedlings or deadhead the flowers before they set seed if you don't want it to spread

🌱 Sustainably Grown Plants

Did you know that 500 million plastic plant pots end up in UK landfills annually? Our commitment to sustainability ensures that our plants are grown in eco-friendly wood fibre pots or harvested from wooden troughs, eliminating plastic use. Cultivate your garden confidently, knowing you’re making a positive impact on the planet.

🌿 Eco-Friendly Packaging and Delivery

I wrap your package in plastic-free, eco-friendly materials and choose Royal Mail for sustainable deliveries which we offset to maintain carbon neutral business activity. By supporting us, you join a movement that champions our planet’s preservation. 🌎🌿

Plant care guide

How do you plant perennials?

Dig a hole slightly larger than the woodfibre pot or balled rootball size, but no deeper. If it is a plant that likes to stay on the drier side (such as lavender), make the hole slightly shallower than the root ball so the surface of the rootball sits proud of the ground and use organic matter around the plant to stop water pooling on the base of the plant.

Water the hole and if the woodfibre pot or rootball doesn't seem moist pre-soak the pot or hessian contained rootball until it is saturated (no more bubbles rise to the surface).

There is normally no need to add compost to the hole if you have an established garden with healthy plants already growing. If you have a newbuild property or poor growth to existing plans chances are that your whole flowerbed needs improving with organic matter.

Place the pot or rootball in the hole. You can remove the hessian sacking it came in, or just remove the staple/twine and open the top once it's in the ground so the plant is free. The roots will easily grow through and the hessian will decompose, as will the woodfibre pots. Back fill the surrounding area with the dug soil. Do not firm the soil down hard! Roots need air and water and hard compacted soil prevents them from getting both.

Once planted water the plant in well and then water again whenever the soil starts to dry out under the surface, being careful not to overwater.

Mulching with something like woodchips around the plant after watering will help the soil to retain the moisture in hot weather. The perennial's foliage will die off in the winter and the plant will regrow through the mulch in the spring!

When to plant perennials in the UK?

Perennial plants can be planted out in the garden or in pots from spring, through the summer, to autumn. During dry weather and especially during the summer much closer attention needs to be given to watering in the first year.

If planting in hot weather, cut the foliage and flowers back. Your new plant will not be taking up much water until established so may struggle if the leaves lose more water than the roots can absorb. For the strongest result do not allow to flower or at least to set seed in the first year.

Where to plant perennials?

Check the plant info at the bottom of the page for the best place to position your new plant. If it prefers sun and you plant it in a north facing flowerbed next to a wall don't expect it to thrive or flower.

Pay attention to the soil. if it is heavy clay, incorporate organic matter such as compost to the soil before planting your perennial, preferably to the whole flowerbed. This will improve the soil by buffering it's water and nutrient holding ability. It is preferable to not just plonk compost in the bottom of the hole as it will not improve the overall condition of the soil surrounding your new plant. Do not add a layer of gravel or grit to the bottom of the hole as this will merely cause the perched water table to be higher. It will not improve drainage.

How do you care for perennial plants?

Cut back untidy foliage in the spring (you can leave the clippings on the flower bed to allow the nutrients to recycle into the soil). Divide every 3 to 5 years as the centre dies out and replant your extra plants! Perennials come back every year. Some are longer living than others.

Should perennials be fertilised?

The vast majority of garden soils contain plenty of nutrients, but if your garden is in a newly built development there is a good chance a thin layer of topsoil has been added on top of infertile subsoil. if that is the case, compost, soil improver or well rotted manure can be spread on the flower bed and dug in, or alternatively for those short of time or energy, organic fertiliser such as our own special organic mix of bone meal, hoof and horn and vinaase that is an organic, sustainable alternative to the John Innes formula, can be sprinkled around the plant with some compost added to the planting hole.

Delivery £5 flat rate or FREE over £50 spend.

I charge a flat rate of £5 for postage and packaging to all of Britain, including the Highlands and the Isle of Man, with free delivery for orders over £50. We are unable to send plants to Northern Ireland.

I use Royal Mail for our deliveries as they have the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK and actually tend to look after parcels rather than just chucking them over the nearest fence! This ensures that your plants will have the best care possible.

Please have a Safe Place set up if possible so your plants are not returned to the sorting office if no one is home to accept the delivery.

I try to dispatch plants twice a week and you will receive updates by text or email. In cases of extreme weather or if Royal Mail has a hiccup the delivery may be delayed but we'll keep you in the loop.

I'm unable to deliver to the Channel Islands or Northern Ireland.

The LAWNMOWER Guarantee

Healthy plants & happy customers

Your plant will only be dispatched if I'm happy it is healthy. The nature of growing the plants in large troughs means that the root system will be trimmed before they are balled in hessian, and therefore, depending on the time of year, the top growth may also be trimmed to make sure the roots are able to supply the water and nutrients your new plant requires.

Pruning encourages new growth and this applies to roots as well so a pruned plant actually results in a stronger plant.

The LAWNMOWER guarantee.

If you're not happy with your plants for any reason, even if you've run them over with your lawnmower, just pop them in a box (the plants, not the mower!) and post them back to us within 1 year for a replacement or refund.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

For full details check out the Refunds and Returns Policy.


Eco-friendly business

Fed up with plants grown in plastic pots which are doused in herbicides and sprayed with synthetic chemicals by big nurseries who merrily burn through finite resources, fly plants in from abroad on jet planes, irresponsibly use peat and coir, kill any insect nearby with non-selective pesticides and generally only think of the bottom line?

So are we!

How we grow plants sustainably

Our plants are started in coldframes or inside our house, grown-on woodfibre pots or in reclaimed wooden troughs which are then carefully harvested and balled and burlapped (hessian wrap securing the rootball), before packing plastic free in a eco cardboard box from a certified B-corp carbon neutral supplier. Some plants are grown in 8cm woodfibre pots.

Sustainable and organic compost & fertiliser

Our Soil Association certified organic compost is bought in bulk without plastic bags from Dalefoot Compost, and consists of sheep wool, bracken and comfrey. This naturally feeds the plants for 12 months. If supplemental feeding is required we only use our own special blend of organic fertilisers (bone meal, hoof & horn and vinaase) which have been processed with solar energy.

Carbon Neutral business

The small amount of electricity we use is from renewable sources and we irrigate our plants with stored water we have harvested. Plus, we are using our house and land for more than one purpose, preventing further land use and utilising the sunk carbon cost of the building rather than creating more.

We have partnered with Carbon Neutral Britain to offset our emissions, and recognise that we are not in control of all parts of the supply chain so have fully offset scopes 1, 2 and 3 to take that in to account - so that's all emissions connected to our business, from the farts coming out of the back of the sheep, to the carbon dioxide from the delivery van outside your door.

We don't just offset and carry on, ALL the decisions we make work to reduce emissions - for instance we use Royal Mail to post our plants as they have by far the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK.

Geranium sanguineum 'Vision Violet'

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Full Sun and Part sun
Broad PH tolerance
Moist but well drained
H 0.5 m X W 0.5 m
Spring and Summer
Pollinator friendly

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