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Not so long ago Geranium (Pelargonium) was regarded as stale especially among younger plant fans. Boring, too often seen, only acceptable in combination with half-timbered houses and mountain scenery, was the verdict. Time to rethink, because the flowers and balcony flowers originating from South Africa have long since become true lifestyle plants and you can use them to realize the most beautiful design ideas.
They are unbeatably robust, that was already true for the classic geraniums - and certainly applies to the new generation. Although they value regular hydration and always need sufficient nutrients, geraniums are uncomplicated in practice. Slow-release fertilizer or once a week a dose of liquid fertilizer in the irrigation water makes you completely satisfied, temporary dry periods survive them thanks to their fleshy leaves and stems and even the typical south balcony typical heat accumulation leaves them figuratively cold. In addition, the modern varieties are usually still handsome even after a heavy downpour. Only very large-flowered and densely filled specimens are better covered, otherwise the flowers can become too full and sticky.
The hanging geraniums 'Ville de Paris' present themselves casually. The dark red standing geraniums 'Caliente Dark Fire' are visibly more compact. Earth colors mediate between the different reds
As a permanent number one among the balcony flowers, geraniums have mainly established themselves because they are visually incredibly versatile. From the shape of the inflorescences on the shape, the degree of filling and the color of the individual flowers to attractive flower or leaf drawings, each variety has typical peculiarities that stimulate to present the different creatures varied as only in the balcony box.
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Design ideas with geraniums
The duo of magic snow (Chamaesyce hypericifolia 'Diamond Frost') and the lilac-colored hanging geranium 'Blue Blizzard' exude a shimmering lightness
Standing geraniums of the cultivar 'Classic Line Noblesse' (Pelargonium zonale) are wonderfully changeable. In clay pots with patina and combined with Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica), their salmon pink flowers are the crowning glory
Glitterbells (Calibrachoa 'Hula Appleblossom') and hanging geraniums of the varieties 'Light Pink' and 'Lavender' make up the topping of the macrame traffic light made from coarse sisal
Exotic flair emanates geranium-high trunks, here the species 'Helena' (P. zonale) planted with Elken spur (Diascia 'White'). The main shoot is guided on a bar, side shoots, which appear at the trunk, simply remove
Pleasure in the Square promises a wine box planted with herbs and geraniums
A feast for the eyes and the palate are at the same time scented geraniums, for example Pelargonium graveolens and P. crispum
Mediterranean flair comes with olive trees, herbs and 'Calliope Dark Red' feeder. The dark red flower balls, the elegant sage leaves and the needle-like leaves of rosemary complement each other fantastically
Nostalgia de luxe promises radiant white geraniums (P. zonal 'Savannah White') in the zinc pot
As a table decoration as beautiful as a romantic-modern Balkonkastenbepflanzung is the trio of standing geranium, Duftsteinrich (Lobularia) and Elfensporn (Diascia)
Geraniums are also effective without great fanfare, as these "Ladies in Red" prove. Geraniums and clay pots, that's always possible
Geraniums: Delightful diversity
The most popular varieties include the hanging geraniums (Pelargonium Peltatum hybrids) with up to 100 centimeters long shoots. Unfilled flowering varieties do not need to be plastered. Standing geranium is Pelargonium zonal hybrids. Among them is the Stellar group with star-shaped fringed flowers. The large-flowered geraniums (P. grandiflorum hybrids) have made the jump from the room to the field. Very popular are her miniature editions, which are pleasantly citrus-scented angel geraniums.