Geranium phaeum - another cottage favourite
Thinking of cottage garden plants, here is another one of those great classics of the rambling border - the black widow or dusky cranesbill, Geranium phaeum. The plant in the photo is G. phaeum 'Lily Lovell' which is a particularly fine variety with larger, lighter purple flowers.
The cranesbills are generally good performers with a long flowering season, especially if they are given a mid season cut back. Many are also perfectly happy in a fair amount of shade.