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Raven Geranium

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Geranium 'Raven'

This early-blooming, hardy geranium is named for its striking dark flowers.
This Geranium phaeum blooms first in May and then reblooms later in the summer, staying colorful all the way into August! The broad, flat blooms make an extremely impressive display when viewed head-on. A small nimbus of white circles the middle of the bloom, while the petals are a shiny near-black with hues of red, purple, and blue mixed in.

'Raven' is an easy and reliable choice for any garden. It is resistant to drought and the ravages of slugs and rabbits. The only fauna it attracts are bees and other pollinators (read "butterflies"!). It swiftly grows to its mature height of 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. Fantastic for bedding, borders, patio, and containers in the South and Southwest, where many Geraniums have short and unsatisfactory bloom seasons.

'Raven' displays a remarkable bloom time. Intensely colored 1-inch blooms of nearly-black purple with a white eye begin appearing on this graceful plant in early summer, and unlike most Geraniums (which fizzle when the temperature climbs too high), keep coming until early fall. The reblooming display can stretch from May through until August!

This hardy geranium is very easy to grow: just plant it in average, well-drained soil and it does the rest! Space 18 inches apart. Give 'Raven' some shade in hot and dry climates. Zones 5 to 8.

Genus Geranium
Variety 'Raven'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 5 - 8
Bloom Season Late Spring - Late Summer
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 18 in - 24 in
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Dark Blue, Dark Maroon, Dark Purple, Light Black, White
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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Geranium
Cranesbill / Hardy Geranium

Planting:

Set out plants 12 to 15 inches apart in a sunny situation and in virtually any light, welldrained soil. Once established, geraniums will tolerate periods of drought, but perform optimally in moisture-retentive soils; we recommend a summer mulch, especially during the spring flush of growth and where summers are quite warm. Some species will tolerate light or partial shade.


Maintenance:

Geraniums will take about two years to become fully established. Once they’ve done so, they’ll quickly grow and colonize. An annual top-dressing with a balanced fertilizer or compost is beneficial and will improve flower production. Divide as it becomes necessary.


Zones:

Zones 3-8

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.