HTA: Get instant colour with Pelargonium this May

Bright flowering Pelargonium, commonly refered to as geranium has been named HTA?s Plant of the Month for May.? Pelargoniums like a sunny aspect and provide instant colour for pots, window boxes, containers on patios, hanging baskets and borders and will flower from spring right through to late autumn.

Pelargonium fan Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE says ?When I see Perlargoniums? my heart sings with joy. They are one of my favourite plants and they are such an easy patio plant to grow. I particularly love the vibrant flower colours that look stunning against their dark green foliage. Their scents are irresistible and fill the air with hints of rose, lemon, mint, fruit, nut, and spice. When they are in full flower they are spectacular and amazingly beautiful.? Every year I can’t wait for summer to arrive when my patio is full of large tubs overflowing with dozens of pretty Pelargoniums?.

Pelargoniums flower from spring right through to late autumn.?? If protected from frost during the winter months they will continue to thrive for many years.? There are seven different types of pelargonium ? Angel, Decorative, Ivy-Leaved, Regal, Species, Scented Leaf and Unique.? They also come in different varieties such as upright, trailing, climbing, ivy-leaf, ‘balcon’, rosebud and dwarf.

Great to grow in pots they are very easy and simple to look after so are ideal for novice gardeners, who are encouraged to go to their local garden centre or nursery for planting tips as part of the nationwide ?It Starts with a Pot? campaign.

Recommended RHS AGM varieties include:

Pelargonium Apple Blossom Rosebud

Pelargonium Chelsea Gem

Pelargonium Hindoo

Pelargonium Lara Starshine

Pelargonium Scarlet Pet

Pelargonium The Boar

Pelargonium White Glory

 

Nominated and agreed upon by British growers and retailers, the HTA?s Plant of the Month campaign highlights the plants that are widely available and looking especially good each month.

 

For more details, please visit www.the-hta.org.uk/plantofthemonth

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