Geraniums (genus Pelargonium and Geranium) continue to be some of the most popular plants in Georgia landscapes, home gardens and indoor settings. Geraniums display vivacious and showy leaves with clusters of vibrantly coloured flowers.
Their reliable and long-lasting flowers are well suited for formal beds and for non stop colour in hanging baskets and window boxes and as ground covers. Geraniums show great variation in leaf, flower and growth characteristics. They may vary in height from 6 inches to several feet, depending on the variety and the care given to the plants. Many types are available. Some geraniums for landscapes and home and garden use include:
Common Garden Geraniums (Pelargoniumhortorum) Usually have distinct leaf markings. They include selections with tri-coloured leaves, silver leaves, leaves with white markings, and fancy-leaved geraniums. Flower colours are usually pink, red and/or white.Ivy-Leafed Geraniums (P. peltatum or Pelargonium X domesticum) are trailing in habit and have leaves that resemble ivy leaves. They are commonly used in hanging baskets and window boxes.
Scented-Leafed Geraniums (Geranium spp.) are prized for their leaf aroma. Scents include lemon, rose, peppermint, nutmeg and others. Many have deeply lobed leaves.