Many of the hardy geraniums, such as good old Johnson’s Blue and its friends and relations, delight us by giving a wonderful display of flowers in early summer, but then do what they need to by producing new foliage. If you would like them to flower again in a few weeks’ time, steel yourself to the task of shearing the whole lot to the ground, then tidy away the leaves and wait. Fear not, they will respond in short order by sending up a new dome of green leaves and, in due course, a second crop of those lovely flowers.

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  • Jan Holden

    Is it OK to do this to a recently planted out plant?
    bought one in mid-June & it’s been in the ground for 3 or 4 weeks – it is a bit leggy & floppy, & I would love to chop it down a bit, but fear I might scare it to death!