colored gernaiums like this Patriot Slamon Chic
offer the opportunity to design elegant
containers. In addition to the geranium this
container also features Stained Glassworks Copper
coleus and OUtback Fan Blue scaevola.
seems to be a huge revival of geranium use in my area
and perhaps yours, too, depending on when spring arrives
near you. In other words, our area just may be ahead of
have to admit there is a lot to love about the geranium.
Their flower stalks give a most impressive show, great
for landscape and designer-like containers with a beauty
that almost defies logic.
there is an apparent love of the geranium in our area, I
am assuming it is or will be in your area, too.
Therefore I thought I would challenge you as gardeners
to bring out your artistic nature when creating this
yearís floral containers turning them into real
realize the varieties at my garden centers might not be
the same that you have to choose from but more than
likely, we all have approximately the same color palette
of geraniums. One color that always amazes me in the
garden is salmon.
or even apricot is such an incredible color to work
with. Itís like having an orange that is not flaming
but soft and elegant. It is a rare color that has the
ability to warm when it is cool or cool where it is
Salmon Chic is one such geranium that looks like it was
created for the royal garden. I suppose my all-time
favorite use for this geranium was a combination
partnering it with a deep dark copper colored coleus.
The coleus variety was Stained Glassworks Copper. The
Stained Glassworks series has offered us some
outstanding coleus over the years and the copper does
deep copper color was a great partner with the salmon.
But it was the addition of the blue Outback Fan scaevola
that provided the finishing touch as a most wonderful
complement in the container.
Memorial Day just around the corner, we also have the
opportunity to kick off the summer with red, white and
blue, using geraniums. Try a mixed planting of red
geraniums, like Patriot Deep Red and Techno White
lobelia, add blue petunias and you can have a container
that will be patriotic from Memorial Day through the
Fourth of July.
of the appeal of these mixed containers is that they
allow those of us with cement-like soil or beach sand,
to grow beautiful geraniums with ease. There are hardly
any rules to container gardening, but good drainage is
of paramount importance. The container must drain
freely. This means you may have to drill a hole in the
bottom of the pot especially if you buy one of the Old
World-like pots that look like they weigh 75 pounds
instead of the few ounces they really are.
next critical element of a successful container is the
potting mix. Look at the premium brands sold by the
cubic foot or yard. Even though they are larger, they
are lighter and airy, and most have controlled-release
fertilizer helping to get the plants off to a good
are heavy feeders, and many gardeners do not apply
enough fertilizer to meet the plantís nutrient needs.
Feed them with a diluted, water-soluble fertilizer like
a 20-20-20 every two weeks or with a granular,
controlled-released fertilizer every four to six weeks.
When it is time to deadhead old flowers, donít just
clip the cluster. Pinch or break off the flower stalk at
season is here and I hope you will create some dazzling