Geraniums offer a show from early spring to fall. They blend velvety foliage with large clusters of show-stopping blossoms that range in color from red, pink, rose, salmon, orange, purples, to white. Geraniums look great in flower beds but they perform even better in containers.
There are two main types of geranium – the common geranium has rounded, velvety, green leaves often contain a burgundy ring. They tend to stand upright and offer flowers on long stems. The ivy leaf geranium has glossy green, ivy-shaped leaves and tends to grow more like ivy rather than upright. Use the common geranium as a thriller or filler to add height to your container and the ivy leaf as a spiller to hang over the edges of your hanging baskets, window boxes, or the edge of a big planter.
Geraniums like well drained soil. Water thoroughly and let slightly dry between watering. Pick off spent flowers from the bottom of the stem. The same for leaves that turn yellow. It is perfectly normal for some leaves and flowers to need to be picked off but if many leaves turn yellow or brown, check your watering schedule for over or underwatering.
Geraniums are not crazy about high summer heat (unless you use Calliope® geraniums). They may quit flowering during the super hot weather but they will start up again when the weather cools lasting well into fall!
Now for the fun part! Pairing your geraniums in your containers. Here are just a few examples but there are so many plants to use! Creeping Jenny, Ivy, and Sweet Potato Vine make wonderful spillers, pairing well with geraniums. Bacopa, Lantana, Vinca, and Verbena look beautiful as fillers to create a full colorful look. Use spiky Dracaena & Cordeline for tall texture and Salvia and Angelonia for tall color. Dusty Miller with it’s silvery leaves adds even more color!
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Soft pink offers a cool, refreshing feel and is perfect for a lush geranium head.
It’s a perfect partner for purple and chartreuse.
This white container helps the colors pop.
A: Pink Geranium — 2
B: Asparagus fern — 1
C: Purple Calibrachoa — 2
D: Pineapple sage — 3
Keep It Simple!
Sometimes simple, straightforward combinations give the biggest impact. Here blue and red offer a stunning presentation. Red Calliope Geraniums offer the stunning flower heads with the Blue Daze soft leaves and bright blue blooms fill in this deep blue container beautifully.
A. Red Geranium — 1
B. Blue Daze— 5
A: Hot Pink Geranium — 1
B: Verbena — 1
C: White Bacopa — 2
D: Ivy, Vinca, or Creeping Jenny — 1
F: Dracaena Spike — 1