Perfect Container Pairings for Geraniums

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Dress up your container gardens with these delightful plant combos that include easy-to-grow geraniums.

The All-White Look

White offers a fresh, clean look that blends with everything. And because it reflects light, white flowers are a fantastic choice for containers you primarily view in the evening.

A: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Allure White') -- 1

B: Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) -- 1

C: Vinca major -- 1

D: Bacopa (Sutera 'Abunda Giant White') -- 3

Use Fresh Spring Colors

Soft pink offers a cool, refreshing feel and is perfect for a lush geranium head. It's a perfect partner for purple and chartreuse.

A: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Moonlight Pink') -- 2

B: Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri') -- 1

C: Calibrachoa 'Cabaret Purple' -- 2

D: Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious') -- 3

Create Drama with Foliage

Plants with pretty leaves can give you as much color as flowers do, especially if you use bold, contrasting shades.

A: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Indian Dunes') -- 1

B: Coleus (Keystone Kopper Solenostemon) -- 1

C: Sweet potato vine (Illusion Midnight Lace Ipomoea 'Illusion Midnight Lace') -- 1

Add Height

Geraniums are relatively low plants, so mix them with taller species to add a vertical touch, especially when you plant in upright containers.

A: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Pink Happy Thought') -- 2

B: Cosmos 'Sensation White' -- 1

C: Sage (Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue') -- 1

D: New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens 'Salmon Frost') -- 1

E: Easy Wave Pink Petunia  -- 1

F: Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea') -- 1

Learn more about creeping Jenny.

Contrast Textures

The big, rounded heads of geranium flowers are ideal for contrasting spiky plants, such as celosia, and are accented beautifully by fine-texture foliage, such as asparagus fern. 

A: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Pinto Pink') -- 1

B: Pentas 'Graffiti Pink' -- 1

C: Celosia 'Smart Look Red' -- 1

D: Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri') -- 1

E: Ivy (Hedera colchica) -- 1

F: Verbena 'Lanai Royal Purple with Eye' – 1

Keep it Fresh

A mix of all-white flowers is the perfect way to add a cooling effect to your outdoor space. Light-color flowers are especially dramatic when planted in dark containers.

A: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Americana White') -- 1

B: Angelonia 'Carita Cascade White' -- 1

C: Ivy (Hedera canariensis 'Variegata') -- 1

D: English ivy (Hedera helix) -- 1

E: Euphoric White Euphorbia -- 1

Dress Up the Everyday

Geraniums, spikes, and vinca is a tried-and-true combination that has worked for thousands of gardeners. Add on to the theme with extra textures for bigger impact! 

A: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Tango Hot Pink') -- 1

B: Verbena 'Lanai Blue' -- 1

C: Bacopa (Sutera 'Calypso Jumbo White') -- 2

D: Ivy (Hedera canariensis) -- 1

E: Vinca major -- 1

F: Spike (Dracaena indivisa) -- 1

Plant in Contemporary Colors

Pink and orange is a hot color combo that creates lots of interest in the garden. Put it to work in yours with easy-growing geranium and heat-tolerant cuphea.

A: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Savannah Hot Pink Sizzle') -- 2

B: Euphorbia 'Stardust White Sparkle' -- 1

C: Impatiens 'Accent Rose' -- 1

D: Cuphea 'Caribbean Sunset' -- 3

Have Fun with Foliage

Go bold and create an all-season look by mixing variegated geraniums with other easy-growing plants that offer colorful leaves.

A: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Crystal Palace Gem') -- 1

B: Licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare) -- 1

C: Dichondra 'Silver Falls' -- 2

D: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Mrs. Pollock') -- 1

E: Honey Bush (Melianthus major) -- 1

F: Duranta 'Gold Edge' – 1

G: Variegated basil (Ocimum 'Pesto Perpetuo') -- 1

Use Geraniums as Accent Plants

Because their big heads of colorful flowers are so dramatic, we usually think of geraniums as the star of a container garden. But they also make great supporting cast members when you have bigger, bolder varieties such as canna and sweet potato vine.

A: Geranium (Pelargonium 'Savannah Hot Pink Sizzle') -- 2

B: Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea 'Sidekick Black') -- 1

C: Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea 'Sidekick Lime') -- 1
D: New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens 'Sonic Sweet Cherry') --1

E: Cordyline 'Red Star' -- 1

F: Bacopa (Sutera 'Calypso Jumbo White') -- 2

G: Canna 'Pretoria' -- 1

Play Off Your Container

Match the bloom color of your geranium to your container to tie the combination together. It's a great way to get a professionally designed look!

A. Canna 'Assaut' -- 2 
B. Geranium (Pelargonium 'Designer Cherry') -- 1
C. Geranium (Pelargonium 'Graffiti White') -- 2
D. Geranium (Pelargonium 'Graffiti Pink') -- 2
E. Easy Wave Shell Pink Petunia  --  1

Keep it Simple

Sometimes simple, straightforward combinations give the biggest impact. Here blue and red offer a stunning presentation.

A. Geranium (Pelargonium 'Red Elite') -- 1
B. Evolvulus 'Blue Daze' --  5

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