This blog is almost two years old and, nearly 600 posts on, I have hardly mentioned pelargoniums. This really is remiss of me because it suggests that I am not bothered about them and nothing could be further from the truth. I do not have an extensive range here but I rely on a small collection of about five fragrant types to fill gaps in beds and to cascade from pots. They are so easy to grow from cuttings, often have attractive flowers and they often grow vigorously indoors and out.
This year I used them exclusively in some pots and planted a mix and just let them fight it out. The pot above is dominated by the large-leaved P. tomentosum which has a spreading habit, small but intricately composed white flowers and a wonderful mint fragrance. Above that is the remarkable ‘Scarlet Pet’ which is a wonderful plant with scented leaves, a scrambling habit and masses of really bright flowers. If I were to pick just one it would be this one, though I would miss P. tomentosum. And the purple flowers belong to ‘Orange Fizz’ which has rather boring looking leaves but is strongly scented of citrus. In shade it does not bloom much but of stressed it can bloom abundantly as here.
In another area I planted some window-box-sized troughs with more pelargoniums. In the centre is the fine, mint-scented ‘Lady Plymouth’ and ‘Scarlet Pet’ is again dominant although there are also plants of the pink-flowered ‘Lara Starshine’ but the plants were stripped for cuttings last month so this hardly shows.