Pelargoniums are non hardy garden plants often planted out as summer bedding. Commonly referred to as Geraniums, they are in fact different to the Hardy Geranium. Pelargoniums mostly originate from South Africa, and ideal growing conditions are dry, hot and sunny.
Whilst we often see just a few in the garden centres, there are in fact 6 distinct types of Pelargonium. Angel, Ivy-leaved, Regal, Scented-leaved, Unique and Zonal. The Scented-leaved varieties are interesting, when the leaves are rubbed they emit a scent. There are many scents such as apple, cinnamon, citrus, lemon, lime, eucalyptus, ginger having really pungent leaves. Ivy leaved Pelargoniums tend to trail, Zonal are upright with attractive leaf markings, Angel and Regal are also upright varieties.
All Pelargoniums flower best in a really sunny spot, and will tolerate dry conditions bordering on drought should it arise. Pelargoniums should not be planted out until all risk of frost has passed, which will be mid to late May depending where in the country you garden.