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Geranium 'Joy'

Geranium 'Joy'
Price:  £4.00

Family:  Geraniaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Pink
Leaf Colour:  Green
Foliage:  Semi-Evergreen
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Dry, well drained
Height:  15cm to 30cm (6" to 12")
Peat Free?  Not yet
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H4 minimum -5°C to -10°C
Pot Size:  9cm



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(Geranium traversii var. elegans x Geranium lambertii)

Beautiful large silky pink flowers veined crimson and dark at the centre, are borne on a mound of elegant marbled leaves from June to autumn. For a well drained soil in sun. 30cm.

Geranium 'Joy' is a very popular choice on the nursery, the slightly silvery grey-green leaves in a neat mound and the distinctive, cupped, pale pink flowers with dark veins make it stand out.  It seems to benefit from some "hybrid vigour" as neither parent is very reliable in East Anglia but the offspring, 'Joy' does grow well.  The key to growing 'Joy' well is drainage, on our heavier soil we have to grow it on a raised bed, in full sun, to give it the drainage in winter that it needs.  Beacuse it is more or less evergreen it is also advisable to position it somewhere that the cold east or north winds in winter won't affect it.

Once established Geranium 'Joy' will make a neat clump of leaves to c. 20cm high and 30cm across, the flowering stems will then grow up and out from that.  Flowering height is up to 30cm and spread can be up to 1m when it's happy!  'Joy' also makes a very good pot plant, the flowering stems will trail over the edges of the pot, but you will need to take it into a cold greenhouse or similar for winter.

One of Alan Bremners earlier introductions, named for Joy Jones (nee Forty) and introduced in 1992.

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