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):
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:
Which do you think I should use??
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