Geraniums are also known as cranesbills they have masses of divided green leaves and dainty cup shaped flowers often with distinctive veining, that last throughout the summer. Geraniums are the perfect pennial for ground cover, slopes and drooping over the side of pots and baskets. Grow in nice healthy soil in sun or half shade. They tolerate hard pruning in autumn. The name cranesbill derives from the bird 'Crane' which is one of the largest flying birds in the world, it is said that on some varieties the fruit pods resemble the cranes long beak.