On the balcony with the geraniums

On the balcony with the geraniums

On the balcony with the geraniums

Every year, when summer arrives, the problem is always the same: what flowers to put on the terrace?

The small pots to be displayed outside generally leave few alternatives, the roses would die there, some creepers would have little soil, perennials then in winter they must be cared for, preserved, controlled.

And so every year we opt for the already tested combinations, geraniums and surfinias in the front row, since they bloom abundantly, do not need excessive care, generally tend not to suffer excessively from the attack of parasites, endure a few days of drought and the summer heat without making too many whims.

All these positive characteristics make surfinias and geraniums excellent terrace or balcony flowers, they can also simply stand on a small windowsill pot, giving us a continuous flowering throughout the summer until the first cold.

But the fact of always having to fall into the usual choice every year does not necessarily imply having to have a terrace every year, let's say monochord: even by choosing the same geraniums every year, reliable and cheap, we can make some changes by adding in the pots of pet plants, as the bonsaists do.

Often adding a small plant to a pot of geraniums you get a decidedly more incisive and pleasant effect, without having to spend a capital and without having to give up the practicality and simplicity of growing geraniums and petunias.

- dipladenia">In the sun among the geraniums

The choice of plants with which to accompany our "prima donnas" is certainly limited and guided by the position of our terrace, if geraniums prefer a decidedly sunny exposure, while petunias tend to prefer a slightly more shaded exposure, not all plants can be placed in the sun for many hours a day.

In fact, often a good combination consists in placing in the vase some falling geraniums some small petunias, which fill the vase between the geranium stems; this type of combination, however, is only successful if our terrace is not exposed to the sun for eight hours a day, but enjoys a few moments of refreshment during the day.

When choosing the plants to accompany our geraniums, we therefore remind you to ask our nurseryman if we can place them on our terrace, with its particular exposure.

Most of the plants available to accompany geraniums actually love the sun quite a lot, except for petunias and surfinias, which need a few hours of semi-shade, and torenias, small ground cover plants that produce long trumpet flowers, in shades of purple. , suitable for well-shaded locations. Other shade plants are dipladenias, which marry well with zonal geraniums, in fact on the market we can find a variety of dipladenia called sundavilla, which grows very well even if placed in full sun.

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Small daisies

Among the favorite plants to be placed among the geraniums, many produce small daisy-shaped flowers, brachycome and felicia are usually preferred, small seedlings that produce a dense bush and countless small flowers, usually in shades of blue, a color that "is missing. "in geranium varieties, excellent combination with white geraniums.

In addition to these, there are also dozens of varieties of daisies, of varying sizes and colors generally in shades of white and pink, the most common are argyranthemums and dimorphotecas, difficult names for plants that we are used to seeing every day in the flowerbeds of parks. citizens.

- dascia">Small flowers

There are dozens of plant species with small flowers suitable for placing with geraniums; often yellow-flowered plants are preferred, as for blue-flowered daisies, often this happens because there are no yellow geraniums, and therefore plants in contrasting colors are combined.

Typical, common, widespread, but always very beautiful, the binomial geranium bidens, or geranium lysymachia, or geranium calceolaria: a large flower with bright colors; accompanied by small yellow flowers, with an inconspicuous vegetation, just a small brushstroke in contrasting color.

Plant producers then indulged themselves in looking for new plants every year to accompany the geraniums, hence various varieties of cuphea, agastache, agelonia, diascia: small flowers in spikes, throughout the summer. The ideal combination is with drooping geraniums, which tend to produce a lot of drooping vegetation, leaving the pot almost empty: on the sides of the geranium stem there are these plants, which with their erect vegetation and countless flowers fill the pot.

Very widespread is also the use, alongside the zonal geraniums but also petunias, of small plants with ground cover, which tend to fall back in the pot, the most popular are bacopa and lobelia, suitable in particular on balconies that are not affected by sun rays throughout the day, especially the bacopa, which often needs good and frequent watering.

Another typical combination is that between geraniums and purslane, a small annual succulent, well suited for balconies overlooking the sea or in sunny and windy areas, where water is a luxury.

-">Geraniums and leaves

In addition to combinations with other flowering plants, leaf plants are also excellent companions for geraniums, especially here in the case of hanging geraniums; to fill and make the vase luxuriant, around the stem of the geraniums, some varieties of hypomea, with colored leaves, or the classic coleus, small annuals with foliage of the most disparate colors, are placed. To prevent the coleus from growing excessively in height, remember to periodically remove the flower panicles, in order to keep the seedling compact.

Also widely used is resin, a small annual with fiery red leaves, which stand out among the geranium plants.

In the nursery then we can find some varieties of plectranthus, often mistakenly called incense, given the aroma given off by the leaves when wrinkled.

The hybridizers also provide us with varieties of dark-leaved oxalis, variegated nepeta, and other small plants with bright green leaves.

-">On the balcony with geraniums: The classics

Classic balcony plants, to be combined with geraniums and not, lantane and verbene, a beautiful compact vegetation, trumpet flowers in bunches, various colors, from pure white to bright red, from lemon yellow to orange. Easy to cultivate, both lantane and verbene have always been very successful as terrace plants, try placing a beautiful candid white zonal geranium and a fire red verbena in a vase, guaranteed effect.

Some species of solanum, which are easy to cultivate, have also been very fashionable for some years and often survive even the harshest winter, if simply sheltered in a place away from frost.

Video: Geranium Care: Fall preparation, bringing your geraniums inside for the winter. (October 2021).