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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Geranium Dreamland: New long flowering hardy geranium

Posted by Graham Rice on 07 Dec 2012 at 02:09 PM

title=I’ve lost count of the number of excellent hardy geraniums that Alan Bremner has developed at this garden up in the Orkney Islands, but you’ll find that many of the best and many of your favourites originate there.

Amongst those he raised are ‘Anne Thomson’, ‘Dilys’, ‘Joy’, ‘Orkney Cherry’, ‘Patricia’, ‘Sabani Blue’ and ‘Sirak’. His latest is ‘Dreamland’.

Originally discovered in Orkney back in 1998, it then underwent five years of trials in The Netherlands where not only did it prove reliable, prolific and long flowering but also it happily survived temperatures down to -5F/-20C.

Making a plant about 16in/40cm high, and about the same in width, from May to September ‘Dreamland’ produces a long succession of pale pink flowers with darker veins shading down to a white centre, all set against fresh green toothed foliage.

Ideal as ground cover under well-spaced roses, Dreamland is also very useful towards the front of the border in a small garden. Spilling out of a container, it’s lovely around a purple-leaved Cordyline. Dreamland is happy in any reasonable soil that is not parched or waterlogged in full sun or partial shade.

Geranium Dreamland (‘Bremdream’) is available from Crocus, from Mr Fothergill, from Plants Galore and from Woottens Plants.


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