The geranium that blooms all summer
Calliope is one of the best and most versatile geraniums available, and suited for baskets, containers, and gardens. With a vigorous semi-trailing habit and semi-double blooms, Calliope was developed by crossing zonal (upright) geraniums with ivy geraniums.
Its large flowers are richly colored with Calliope Dark Red as the most popular variety, followed closely by Lavender Rose. Crimson Flame is a new bicolor variety.
Calliope likes lots of sun and is both heat and drought tolerant. Geraniums don’t like “soggy feet,” so plant Calliope in well-draining soil and water when soil is dry to the touch. Feed twice a month with an all-purpose fertilizer and, for the best flower display, deadhead spent blooms as needed.