Pelargonium Zonale - Upright geraniums
The geranium species that grow upright can reach heights of around 40 centimeters and vary greatly in terms of flower and leaf colors. You can also choose between double, semi-double or simple flowers. A selection of particularly beautiful varieties can be found in the table below.
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Pelargonium peltatum - hanging geranium
The popular hanging geraniums with their ivy-like leaf shoots can be up to 150 centimeters long and also inspire with a large variety of colors. Again, the flowers can be double, semi-double or simple. These species do particularly well in window boxes or hanging baskets.
Pelargonium Oderata - fragrant geraniums
The fragrant geraniums, which grow up to 40 centimeters high, have smaller, but two-colored flowers compared to the upright Pelargonium Zonale. What is particularly striking, however, are the intensely fragrant leaves, the aroma of which is reminiscent of lemons, roses, mint, apples or pines, depending on the variety. Many of these varieties can be used in the kitchen.
Pelargonium grandiflorum - noble geraniums
The noble or English geraniums are characterized by their particularly large and particularly large number of flowers, which are mostly two-colored - ie with a darker eye. They are mostly grown as indoor plants, but can also be kept outside - provided they are protected from rain.
Pelargonium crispum - butterfly geraniums
The butterfly geraniums are the little sisters of the noble geraniums. These are also characterized by an above-average abundance of flowers and have a darker eye. However, they only stay about 20 to 30 centimeters and can rarely be overwintered.
Pelgardini - ornamental geraniums
So-called ornamental leaf geraniums have rather inconspicuous flowers, but very distinctly drawn leaves. These varieties are also only between 20 and 30 centimeters high.
Recommended geranium varieties
In the following table you will find an overview of some particularly beautiful geraniums.
|Geranium variety||Habit||Flower color|
|Dark Red||upright||dark red|
|Fire Merlot||half hanging||dark red|
|Lady Ramona||upright||two-tone pink|
|Balcony pink||hanging||two-tone pink|
|Katinka||upright||two-tone light purple|
|Quirin||half hanging||dark purple|
|Shocking pink||hanging||strong pink|
|mermaid||semi-hanging||two-tone red and white|
|Ville de Dresden||hanging||White|
If you are looking for robust balcony geraniums, then choose the upright or hanging varieties with simple flowers - these are usually more weather- and rain-resistant than variants with double or semi-double flowers.