Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Granny's Easy Colour Splash

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Granny's Easy Colour Splash

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PEOPLE either love them or hate them, but geraniums are still a popular and staple garden plant.

My wife is one of the haters, and the first plants to go from the garden in all the homes we have lived are the geraniums.

However, over time I gradually smuggle them back in. I think it is the aroma of the foliage that turns most people off growing geraniums and the fact that they can look quite untidy if not maintained properly.

Plants that we commonly know and call geraniums are actually pelargoniums, although they belong to the same family.

True geraniums look completely different, with their soft fernlike foliage.

Commonly known as cranesbill geraniums, they produce small open flowers in shades of pinks and blues.

Geranium is derived from the Greek word geranos, meaning crane.

When the flowers are finished, the fruit, or seedpod, resembles a crane's beak.

True geraniums are mainly low-growing perennials, which look great as borders, in rockeries or hanging baskets.

Geranium Madrense is a large growing biennial variety that produces a spectacular head of pink flowers.

There are a number of new varieties. Roxanne, which has lovely blue saucer flowers is one of them.

True geraniums, or cranesbill geraniums, will grow across our region, with most being frost tolerant.

True geraniums grow from rhizomes and can be divided when big enough.

Common geraniums or pelargoniums are divided into two groups, zonal and ivy.

Ivy geraniums have glossy green, fleshy leaves, which resemble ivy leaves as well as having a trailing habit like an ivy.

Zonal geraniums have large, soft leaves, which feel like velvet because of the hairs covering the leaves.

However, all geraniums, including cranesbill varieties, have hairs on the foliage.

Zonal geraniums have an upright, rigid growth habit and produce large clusters of brightly coloured flowers ranging from white, pink, red, orange and now yellow.

There are many bicoloured varieties as well. Geraniums are one of the "grandma" plants that are back in vogue.

New varieties, such as Big Red, Big Pink, Big Rose and Big Burgundy, produce large, stunning blooms and look spectacular in pots and gardens. …

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