Geranium Large Orange Splash is a new electrifying
Large Orange Splash geranium is new this year and has
been causing an assortment of ‘oohs and ahhs’ at
this year at trial gardens. It was particularly so at
the Young’s Plant Farm Trials at Auburn, Ala., First
off, Calliope has really become the go-to geranium in
the south for season-long performance.
Flowers has packaged the Calliope geraniums in Medium,
Large, Landscape and Cascade, so you should find the
perfect habit for your situation. Believe it or not,
this represents around 38 colors or selections from
which to choose.
mythology, Calliope was a goddess know for inspiring
eloquence and poetry and similarly will inspire you in
the color garden. The Large Orange Splash is
electrifying in color and at the Young’s Plant Farm
Trials their combination encouraged people to bring out
cameras like models strolling down the runway. It was
partnered with Archangel Dark Purple angelonia and
Aquilera ageratum for a dazzling complementary scheme.
Large Orange Splash will reach around 16 inches tall
with a whopping 24 inches in width. This gives it great
options in the landscape and containers. With Calliope,
I am no longer jealous of the West Coast as I have
geraniums that I can plant in April that will look great
until freezing weather arrives.
they are easy to grow, you are practically guaranteed
your green thumb award. The Dallas Arboretum has some of
the most well-known trials in the country. They really
put them through the rigors. Calliope was outstanding
and bloomed until September.
such standout performers you can forget the thriller
spiller filler recipes and let them perform ‘Mono
Magic.’ Of course, they will work as component plants,
too, which is what I have done in the past; combining
with coleus and petunias and lemon ball sedum.
much of the country can plant in the full sun in the
Deep South the ideal location would be full sun until
just past noon then a little protection in afternoon
shade. They prefer fertile organic-rich soil with good
prepare your soil, loosen it 8- to- 12-inches deep, and
add 3- to- 4-inches of organic matter, like compost or
humus. Most garden centers have good choices in soil
conditioners. As you are preparing your soil, take the
opportunity to incorporate about one pound of
12-6-6-fertilizer or something that is slow-released and
balanced per 100-square-feet and rake the soil smooth.
are heavy feeders and many gardeners do not apply enough
fertilizer to meet the plants’ nutrient needs. We can
feed every two weeks with a dilute, water-soluble
fertilizer like a 20-20-20, or apply a granular,
control-released fertilizer every four to six weeks per
formula recommendation. When it is time to deadhead old
flowers, pinch or break off the flower stalk at the
base. This really increases your flower production.
though July is almost here if you find yourself woefully
lacking in garden color, take the opportunities you
still have and plant Calliope geraniums. Large Orange
Splash is the newest and most riveting color in the