Pelargoniums make beautiful summer displays and are simple to grow – the tougher you treat them, the better they flower. They hail from South Africa and are adapted to harsh, dry conditions and need only minimal watering, especially during winter.
Discover the different types of pelargonium.
Most problems are caused by overwatering. Whatever the time of year, let the plants dry out completely between each watering. If leaves are tinged with orange or yellow, it’s time to ease back on the watering.
Here are six of the best to grow.
Pelargonium ‘Voodoo’ has stunning wine-red flowers with purple markings. It is a ‘unique’ type – a shrubby geranium that produces masses of small flowers, and foliage that is scented when crushed. It flowers for a long time.
Pelargonium ‘Vancouver Centennial’
‘Vancouver Centennial’ is a zonal pelargonium that has chocolate-brown leaves with lime green edges and bright red flowers. It is a Stellar pelargonium, from a range bred in the 1970s in Australia.
Pelargonium ‘Lord Bute’
Pelargonium ‘Lord Bute’ is one of the finest regal pelargoniums, with dark purple, velvety petals with pale edges, and fresh, green foliage. Regal pelargoniums need more watering than other varieties and a warmer minimum temperature in winter.
Pelargonium ‘Bitter Lemon’
Pelargonium ‘Bitter Lemon’ has dark green leaves which – as its name suggests – a strong, lemony scent. Rub the foliage to release the fragrance. The flowers are a delicate pale pink.
Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’
Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ is highly prized for its strongly rose-scented foliage – the scent is released when the leaves are rubbed or brushed past. It also has pretty, pale pink flowers.
Pelargonium ‘Splendide’ is a species variety, with unusual bi-coloured flowers in loose clusters and velvety grey-green foliage.