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x oxonianum

Fertile hybrids giving a long season of flowering from May to September (or October). Many have interesting foliage too.

This hybrid species is probably the most commonly encountered in gardens - but most people will have the wrong name for it!  The two parents are Geranium endressii and Geranium versicolor, and many gardens will have a green leaved, mid-salmon pink flowered cultivar that they think is Geranium endressii, the majority will be the hybrid Geranium x oxonianum.  Geranium endressii has plain green leaves and a creeping habit, Geranium versicolor has shiny green leaves with brown marks and is clump forming, Geranium x oxonianum almost always has the brown markings, though they may be very hard to see, and is clump forming but may seed to give the impression of vegatative spread.

There are now many named cultivars, probably over 100, and they are nearly all pink!  There are a few white, and near-whites.  Most of the variation comes from the type of flower, size of the plant, and most especially the pattern of brown markings on the leaves.  Most forms grow to between 30cm and 60cm tall and about 50cm across, they will usually retain a clump of leaves overwinter though this will be smaller than the clump size in the growing season.

Geranium x oxonianum is usually grown in sun though it can tolerate light shade and will continue to flower okay in some shade.  Soil type is not important as long as the extremes of dry and wet are avoided.

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Geranium x oxonianum 'A T Johnson'

Geranium x oxonianum 'A T Johnson'£3.50

An older cultivar with lots of light pink flowers that turn darker with age. Ordinary soil in sun or light shade. May to September, cut back if needed. 30cm.


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Geranium x oxonianum 'Beholder's Eye'

Geranium x oxonianum 'Beholder's Eye'£3.50

Amazingly vivid pink flowers on a very low plant. 20cm. Average soil in sun or light shade.


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Geranium x oxonianum 'Breckland Brownie'

Geranium x oxonianum 'Breckland Brownie'£4.00

Leaves very heavily blotched and suffused dark purplish brown, often more brown than green, like a US chocolate cake, or a small invisible person often found shooing demented pheasants in front of your car. Flowers are violet with white edges to the petals. Our introduction. 30cm


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Geranium x oxonianum 'Hexham Pink'

Geranium x oxonianum 'Hexham Pink'£3.50

A tidy, mid-sized cultivar from Robin Moss. Rich green leaves studded with clear pink, funnel shaped flowers from May to September. Ordinary soil in sun. 40cm.


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Geranium x oxonianum 'Irene Hatwell'

Geranium x oxonianum 'Irene Hatwell'£3.50

Recently named but this had been growing in the Dell Garden at Bressingham for some time. Neat clumps of pale green leaves and bright, semi-double pink flowers in summer. 35cm.


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Geranium x oxonianum 'Lady Moore'

Geranium x oxonianum 'Lady Moore'£3.50

One of the old standbys. Solid clumps of brown spotted leaves and masses of mid-pink flowers with some deeper veining from May till September. 45cm. Easy in ordinary soil in sun or light shade.


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Geranium x oxonianum 'Music from Big Pink'

Geranium x oxonianum 'Music from Big Pink'£3.50

From Robin Moss, neat clumps of soft green foliage and funnel shaped flowers, mid pink, from late spring throughout summer. Ordinary soil in sun or light shade. 40cm.


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Geranium x oxonianum 'Stillingfleet Keira'

Geranium x oxonianum 'Stillingfleet Keira'£3.50

Bright pink flowers with darker veining on a mid-sized plant to about 40cm. Average soil in sun or light shade.


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Geranium x oxonianum 'Sue Cox'

Geranium x oxonianum 'Sue Cox'£4.00

Light green leaves with prominent chocolate brown markings makes a good mound covered with narrow petalled bright pink flowers in summer. 30cm. Average soil in sun or part shade.


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Geranium x oxonianum 'Summer Surprise'

Geranium x oxonianum 'Summer Surprise'£3.50

A fantastic large cultivar from Piet Oudolf. Big clumps of slightly hairy foliage and masses of large bright pink flowers from May till autumn. Ordinary soil in sun, 60cm.


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Geranium x oxonianum 'Wargrave Pink'

Geranium x oxonianum 'Wargrave Pink'£3.50

Elegant green leaves and funnel shaped flowers in salmon pink. Evergreen clumps for average soil in sun or part shade. 30cm.


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Geranium x oxonianum 'White Stripes'

Geranium x oxonianum 'White Stripes'£4.00

A pretty form with narrow petalled white flowers over a mound of light green foliage. May to September. Ordinary soil in sun or light shade. 45cm.


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