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Geraniums for a Pop of Backyard Color

Add pretty geraniums to your outdoor space for a pop of vibrant red color and texture all season long. You’ll love these low maintenance flowers.

Happy Friday! Do you have big plans for the weekend? I’m heading out to a friend’s to do some Saskatoon picking this afternoon. That likely means some baking on Sunday. Tarts? Cheesecake? Pavlova? What would be your pick?

Yesterday, I shared a peek of my backyard planters on Instagram. This time, I departed from my usual white and green and added a pop of color with red geraniums. A bit daring for the gal who usually loves all white. Perhaps I’m turning over a new “leaf” ha ha.

Red Geraniums in Tall Rattan Planter with Red Garden Stool

After adding a red garden stool to our outdoor lounge area last spring, as well as spray painting an old bench red, I was convinced color was the way to go. On even the most drab of summer days, our yard still looked alive.

This May, I was inspired by my lovely neighbour, Fiona, who made it to the garden centre well before I ever did. She hung gorgeous bright colored baskets all around her deck. And the red ones caught my eye every time I looked out the back window. So, red it was!

Red Geraniums, Euonymous and Iberis in Tall Gray Planter with Chelsea Gray Stained Deck

To add a bit of texture to each planter, I paired the red geraniums with an euonymous shrub in yellow and green. For the white, I chose iberus, otherwise know as candytuft. It’s a perennial that I may plant in a garden bed this fall.

You can also see my English lavender lurking in the background. So pretty!

Backyard Garden Planter with Red Geraniums

Geraniums are a bit nostalgic for me. I remember my mom planting them in wooden containers that sat on our porch with white-painted spindles. Oh how I wish I had some of those spindles for a DIY project, but they were given away years ago when they transformed the whole thing into a sunroom- darn!

I love how geraniums offer blooms all summer long. Be sure to plant them in loose, well-draining soil. Geraniums do best with consistent watering and low levels of fertilization. As blooms begin to fade or shrivel, simply cut or pinch off the flower and the stalk it formed on. They’re actually quite easy to care for.

Perhaps it’s too late in the season to think about planting containers, but I always enjoy gathering inspiring gardening ideas on Pinterest for future endeavours. Here are a few that will likely make their way into my yard someday. I love the white and pink geraniums too!

Pretty Planting Ideas for Geraniums

Red Geraniums in Rustic Wooden Planter

Red Geraniums in Rustic Planter Box by Funky Junk Interiors

White Geraniums in Vintage Tin

White Geraniums in Vintage Tin Box by Clemmenson & Brok

Did you play it safe with your flowers this year or mix it up? Ever planted geraniums in containers?

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Enjoy your weekend,

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. We share a love for white. But that pop of red looks fantastic. I wish there were still flowers out there for sale…my pots have suffered from a weekend-away-and-no-watering ;)

  2. I like to play with colour combinations too and it’s fun to change things up! You can’t go wrong with red geraniums I think, they are a classic favorite. I’m heading over to peek at your garden board on pinterest right now, thanks Shauna!

  3. I love geraniums, and red is my first pick! This year I didn’t do anything because of the move, but now that we’re here I am itching to get started. I know it’s late in the season, so I’m not sure how far to go or even what to do, but yesterday I set out my empty planters just to begin envisioning the possibilities. Your photos are beautiful and I love the inspiration ones you shared too!!

  4. These flowers are so gorgeous, i need to get some pretty things to put in my yard as well, i just have been to busy

  5. I love all white too.. maybe next year I will be brave and add some colour, the red is really beautiful and adds that drama and depth. Hmmm… I wish I could fly you out to help me plan my garden, something I seem to really struggle with.

  6. Red is a favorite color of mine and agreed will make it look alive! I will pair the three in containers this summer and hope to plant next year. Right now, I just want to make it look pretty while I work on plans for things with more longevity, things that will return.

    I will def pin your post and subscribe so I can follow you as I create my backyard sanctuary!

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