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Six of the best pelargoniums to grow

Pelargoniums are a wonderful addition to the greenhouse, conservatory or patio. We recommend six of the best to grow.

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.

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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.

Pelargoniums make beautiful summer displays and are simple to grow - the tougher you treat them, the better they flower.

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Pelargonium ‘Voodoo’

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.

Purple-marked, wine-red flowers of Pelargonium 'Voodoo'
Purple-marked, wine-red flowers of Pelargonium ‘Voodoo’
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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.

Lime-edged, brown leaves and red flowers of Pelargonium 'Vancouver Centennial'
Lime-edged, brown leaves and red flowers of Pelargonium ‘Vancouver Centennial’
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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.

Pink-edged, dark purple flowers of Pelargonium 'Lord Bute'
Pink-edged, dark purple flowers of Pelargonium ‘Lord Bute’
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Pelargonium ‘Bitter Lemon’

Pelargonium ‘Bitter Lemon’ has dark green leaves that have – as its name suggests – a strong, lemony scent. Rub the foliage to release the fragrance. The flowers are a delicate pale pink.

Pale-pink flowers of Pelargonium 'Bitter Lemon'
Pale-pink flowers of Pelargonium ‘Bitter Lemon’
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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.

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Pale-pink flowers of Pelargonium 'Attar of Roses'
Pale-pink flowers of Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’
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Pelargonium ‘Splendide’

Pelargonium ‘Splendide’ is a species variety, with unusual bi-coloured flowers in loose clusters and velvety grey-green foliage.

White and red flowers of Pelargonium 'Splendide'
White and red flowers of Pelargonium ‘Splendide’