Zonal Geraniums

Garden Geranium Pelargonium x hortorum

About types of zonal geraniums. Pelargonium x hortorum is the common, annual garden geranium. Plants are easy to grow in sun or part shade.  Seeds and plants available here.

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Pelargonium x hortorum is the common garden geranium. This garden favorite bears single or double blooms in clusters held on stiff stems just above the foliage. Pink and white geraniums are probably the most used but there are many shades of red and salmon available also. Not to mention the bi-colored varieties.

Zonal Pelargoniums are so called because of the markings on the leaves of many cultivars. The slightly fuzzy foliage is heart-shaped, often zoned or banded and features scalloped edges. They may be flat or cupped.

Red zonal geraniums with banded leaves.

There are thousands of types of zonal geraniums. There are bedding types as well as novelty geraniums suitable for growing indoors in containers.

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The fancy leaved Pelargonium is a member of the zonal Pelargonium group. There are also variegated geraniums belonging to this group which feature leaves so beautifully colored that they are just as pretty when they are out of bloom as when they are covered with flowers.

The most common types will grow to 4 feet tall under favorable conditions. There are also Pelargonium x hybrids less than a foot tall.

Pelargonium x hybrids can be propagated from seed or cuttuings.

Most garden geraniums will tolerate a light frost but a hard freeze is deadly to most types.

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