Photo: Amethyst (Contessa Lavender) Ivy Geranium, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm Greenhouse #3, Burlington, ON, April 22  2006
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since the late 20th century. Available May 2017, in 4" pots and hanging baskets.

  • Description

    Winter Hardiness: Annual (can take a light frost)
    Light Requirements: Full sun - part sun

    Where to plant: Containers or hanging baskets

    Height: 6 - 8"

    Cascade: 12" - 18"


  • Growing Guide
    Ivy geraniums, just like like all geraniums, like it dry, and they like to be fed. Water only when soil is completely dry. It is best to water first thing in the morning, and water the soil at the base of the geranium, try to keep the geranium itself dry. Fertilize weekly with an all purpose fertilizer (note: if you bought our ivy geranium hanging baskets, we would have added slow release fertilizer to them when you purchased them, so you don't need to fertilize them). These full blossom ivies require 'dead-heading' (removing the dead blooms), which should be done as needed, especially after heavy rain.

  • Colours and Varieties
    There are three major types of ivy geraniums: the fine petaled Minicascades, the Blizzards, and the semi doubles which we are describing here. In 2009 Syngenta renamed all of the ivy geraniums. We mostly go by the old names which are in brackets. 

    Contessa Burgundy Bicolor (Picasso)
    Contessa Lavender (Amethyst)
    Contessa Purple (Black Magic)

    Freestyle Cherry Rose
    Temprano Salmon (Molina)

    Other types or series of Geraniums:
    Zonals
    Rocky Mountain Series
    Exotic Leaf
    Graffiti Series
    Zonals grown from seed
    Interspecific
    Ivies
    Blizzards
    MiniCascades