Tips for Growing Geranium ‘Rozanne’
In 2008, the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ was given the honor of being voted “Perennial Plant of the Year.” This perennial, meaning that the plant will re-bloom every year during the right season, is a dainty and all around “pretty” flower that can be put to many uses. It is great for covering bare spots of ground and setting a pleasing and unobtrusive background for other eye-grabbing plants. It is also an excellent plant to line walkways or to fill a hanging pot. The geranium rozanne has five petals in various shades of purple, from dark to light, and usually contain a few dark streaks of color on the base of each petal. The stalks of this plant have green, deep-cut leaves that provide a delicate and almost lace-like facade.
Is the Geranium Rozanne Right for You?
This type of flower can certainly find a suitable place in most gardens due to its simple, yet attractive, appearance. It does best in USDA zones five to eight because it is fairly tolerant of warmer weather. The geranium rozanne usually only grows to a height of one to one and a half feet and a spread of no more than two feet. If you’re looking for a smaller plant to provide some ground coverage, such as along a wall, path, walkway, or fence, then this plant would definitely work for you. The lacy appearance of the leaves and the soft, colorful petals of the flowers can add a bit of texture to a boring garden and can even be used to promote a natural or woodsy feel. You can also plant this type of geranium in a pot so that you can move it to different spots throughout the season. You might also consider the rozanne plant if you want to attract butterflies to your garden.
Finding a Good Planting Spot
Finding a suitable spot to plant your geranium can feel a little overwhelming, but remind yourself that this plant does exceptionally well in most places, especially when used as a border or container plant. The primary thing to consider when searching for a spot is the amount of sunlight that the area receives. Geraniums do well in full sun or partial shade. This means that even if it is planted along the wall of your house, it should do well as long as it receives at least a few hours of sunlight each day.
Another thing to consider is the plant’s size. Rozanne is a relatively average-sized plant when compared to others in the “ground coverage” category. That being said, it does need room to grow to its full spread of about two feet. Make sure to bear this in mind if you are thinking of placing the geranium near other plants.
The type of soil that you use isn’t really an issue as this plant can easily handle normal, clay, or sandy soils; however, the planting spot should have good drainage. Planting geraniums in a ditch or an area that tends to collect and retain water for long periods of time could drown the roots and kill off your plant. If you are going to use a container to house the plant, try to pick a good sized pot to allow plenty of room for the roots to spread. The pot should have drainage holes to prevent water from collecting deep in the soil.
How to Plant
Planting your geranium is an easy task as long as you have a pair of gloves and a shovel or spade. If you are planting a geranium that has already been “started,” such as a purchase from a nursery, simply follow the instructions below:
1. Dig a hole in the ground (or find a pot) that is about one and a half to two times the size of the plant’s roots.
2. Backfill the hole with a bit of soil and place the roots of the geranium rozanne into the hole. Make sure that the base of the plant (just before the roots start to show) is level with the ground.
3. Fill the hole surrounding the roots with soil and pack it in firmly.
4. Once your geranium is safely planted, you should give the area a bit of water but take care not to turn the soil muddy as this could drown the plant’s roots.
Caring for Geranium Rozanne
Rozanne is a fairly hardy plant and quite easy to care for, which is another added bonus! This geranium typically blooms between May and July and requires very little maintenance. During a dry spell in the summer, you may want to water your plant but otherwise it is quite hardy. If your plant stops flowering in the summer or if some of the leaves begin to die, you can use scissors or pruning shears to trim the plant back, which can encourage healthier growth.
If your plant seems too creepy-crawly for your taste, you can also use shears to trim it down to a more appealing shape or spread. Another great feature of the geranium is that it can tolerate garden menaces like rabbits and deer, so you won’t have to worry too much about this plant’s health in that regard.