Also known as geraniums, pelargoniums are easy to grow and provide a long season of colour. They’re ideal for growing both outside in sunny, sheltered conditions, and indoors in the conservatory or greenhouse.
Pelargoniums are easy to grow. Simply plant them in multi-purpose compost in full sun. They are extremely tolerant of drought, so there’s no need to water them fastidiously. Deadhead spent blooms and mulch once a year with fresh compost or well-rotted manure.
Native to South Africa, pelargoniums survive winter only in warmer regions. It’s therefore wise to grow them in containers, which you can bring indoors in autumn.
There are several types of pelargonium – find out which is suited to your garden.