Common Geranium

Fri, Mar 30, 2012


Common Geranium - Pelargonium
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Very well know summer bedding and window-sill plant, especially the Zonal types which are often referred to as geraniums, which they are not. There is a fantastic range of these magnificent plants, especially some of the variegated forms like the one pictured. If you desire scent, then there is nothing better for a Mediterranean garden than  the large leaved Pelargonium papilionaceum  and P. Tomentosum, both having intoxicating scents – plants that are best grown beside a path or doorway so their perfume is releases as you brush past them.

Hardiness: Half hard – must be brought undercover when below 2C

Height: from 30cm to several meters depending on species or cultivar

Position: Full sun

Soil: Neutral to poor soils produce the best flowers. Too much food produces growth and few flowers.

Water: Fairly drought tolerant once established

Usage: Can be used in drifts or in containers – can also be trained as standards for pot culture. The scented forms as mentioned are wonderful next to pathways or again in containers where they can spill over

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