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Research help? Which should I buy........


After watching one of the Chelsea programes yesterday & being told that our pollinating insects are slowly starving to death because there just aren't enough plants that they can get pollen & necter from.  I have decided to pack our raised flower bed with useful flowers.  It already has these azalias & geraniums (thanks for the ID Melinda):

Pretty in pink.Dark Pink Azalea


I'm going to take cuttings from the Azaleas & make a large swash under the trees, then I want to pack every other available patch of earth with geraniums as they seem to thrive in this mostly shaded area.  


The flower bed is 8 foot deep X 20 foot wide.  Along the back are conifers (which have been put on 3 foot stilts).  In front of the conifers will be the alternating dark & light pink Azaleas.  Then the last 4 foot of depth has the above mauve geranium dotted in 3 largish patches along the front.  Its around & amongst these mauve geraniums that I want to add in about 6 patches of another hardy perennial geranium.  But I'm not sure which type to go for.


These are the main contenders:

Hardy Geranium clarkei 'Kashmir White''Kashmir White'

Hardy Geranium 'Crystal Lake''Crystal Lake'

Hardy Geranium sanguineum 'Album''Album'

Hardy Geranium sanguineum striatum '''Sanguineum striatu'

Which do you think I should use??






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Comment by Caro on May 27, 2011 at 19:52
Yes, I agree with Flighty - the white geraniums will bring a freshness to offset the rest of the planting.  You'll have to post a photo when it's done, I bet it will look lovely!

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