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.
Discover six of the best pelargoniums to grow.
Pelargoniums are easy to grow - find out all you need to know about growing pelargoniums in our pelargonium Grow Guide. 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.
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, but be sure to feed with a high-potash feed every one or two weeks in the growing season. Deadhead spent blooms to keep more flowers coming.
There are several types of pelargonium – find out which is suited to your garden.
Zonal pelargoniums are the familiar bedding pelargoniums that you see at garden centres. They have rounded leaves and bear clusters of flowers on long stalks. Colours range from white to pink, orange, scarlet and even dark red. They're perfect for window boxes and patio containers.
Ivy-leaved pelargoniums have long stems of flowers that tend to flop on the ground. They are very well suited to growing in hanging baskets or raised planters. Leaves are often smooth and shiny. The range of flower colours is much the same as zonal pelargoniums.
Fancy leaf pelargoniums
As their name suggests, this group has variegated or coloured leaves in shades ranging from yellow, gold and dark green. They include 'Frank Headley', which has salmon pink/red flowers and green and white variegated leaves.