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Pelargoniums (geraniums) for tubs and borders.

Middlesex, United Kingdom Gb

Each year we plant up the main border and the tubs in our south-facing front garden and vary the planting year by year. For some reason we have hardly ever used geraniums ( pelargoniums) but we have decided that next year we will. I am sure most varieties would do well but do you have any that have done specially well for you and that you would like to recommend.



I particularly like one that I think is called "Schone Helena", though I'm not sure - its a peachy coloured one, freely available, not usually named, and I love it because it has a large drumstick head with all the little florets open at once - many geraniums have a drumstick, but half the florets in it will be closed, or finished, before they all open. There's a pic of the one I mean in my photos, its the first one on the first page. The other kind of trailing pelargonium I love for hanging baskets or window boxes is not the usual ivy leaf one, but a group called Cascade geraniums. They can be difficult to find though, but they're neat growers and have lots of single flowers all summer long, get about 8/9 inches long and wide in the season.

6 Sep, 2009


i like the ivy leafed trailing forms to tumble over the edges of the pots. leaves arent as smelly either.
i dont like the smell of pelargoniums mch.

6 Sep, 2009


You're certainly not alone in disliking the smell, Seaburn - doesn't bother me either way, but I've met loads of people who won't grow them for that reason.

6 Sep, 2009


i do grow them just not near the house or where i walk past them too closely.

6 Sep, 2009


I know there are plenty of nurseries that sell Geraniums and pelagoniums but I have recently found this one that specialises in them (among others) the website address is : ://
You can always have a look.

6 Sep, 2009

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