These beautiful plants produce colourful blooms almost year round
A summer garden classic, pelargoniums are in the same family as geraniums, but unlike their hardy, herbaceous cousins, they are succulent and shrubby. The majority have fragrant leaves, though most are grown for their bright flowers. There is huge variety among them with a wide range of flower colours, except blue, and many have beautiful, variegated leaves. They are drought-resistant and make very forgiving patio and windowsill plants. Many will bloom all year round if kept away from frost.
Keep them happy
Pelargoniums love the sun and dislike being over-watered and over-fed. If they’re planted in rich soil they have a tendency to grow vigorously and not flower very well, but this may not be a problem if you plant variegated varieties. Double-flowered varieties are best in a sheltered spot because the dense flowers can collect water and rot. Pinch out regularly to make them compact and use these for cuttings. Cuttings root easily this time of year and young plants can be kept on the windowsill to plant out next year.
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