Geraniums may seem common or old-fashioned, but they have remained popular for over three centuries for more than one reason.
There are many different types of Geraniums and they are further divided into types based on leaf and flower shape, size, veining, scent, and growth habit. The most commonly found types in nurseries include Zonal, Ivy Leaved, Scented Leaf, and Regal.
1) Zonal Geraniums
Zonal Geraniums are the most commonly seen, having rounded leaves, sometimes with a dark band and erect stems with large clusters of flowers held above the foliage. Zonal Geraniums are further divided into types based on flower shape, color, and veining.
2) Ivy Leaved Geraniums
Ivy Leaved Geraniums are a trailing type perfect for spilling over the edge of a container. They have a thick leaf cuticle which makes them more tolerant of dry conditions, so they are a good bet if you are the type that may forget to water occasionally.
3) Scented Leaf Geraniums
Scented Leaf types come in an amazing variety of scents, of which lemon, mint, and rose are the most common. Other scents include apple, strawberry, pineapple, ginger, nutmeg, Old Spice clove, and coconut among others. The flowers are generally less showy than other types.
4) Regal Geraniums
Regal Geraniums, also known as Martha Washington Geraniums, are recognized by their larger flowers that are often heavily veined or patterned. This type tends to shut down bloom production in really hot weather but will bloom continuously in more mild temperatures.
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