Often mistaken for geraniums, pelargoniums can thrive
Geraniums may have a reputation for being a “nanna” plant but the reason these old-fashioned favourites are still popular is because they are among the toughest and most forgiving free-flowering plants you can get.
There has been a lot of tweaking and breeding going on in the geranium and pelargonium world to bring out varieties that are more disease resistant and compact.
If you’re into “blow your eyeballs out” flowers, check out this pelargonium, aptly named Oh So Orange. It doesn’t stop at the flowers, the foliage has deep green leaves with a contrasting black ring in the centre.
What most people call geraniums are actually pelargoniums and vice versa.
Oh So Orange is one of the zonal pelargoniums and grows to about 35cm high and wide. They will flower for months on end and thrive in hot, sunny spots in the garden or in pots.
Only use a slow-release fertiliser in spring, summer and autumn and cut back by a third to keep the bush compact and free flowering.
Geraniums and pelargoniums look great when mass-planted because they flower so abundantly. Simply fill a collection of pots with this pelargonium to create a focal point in your garden. The only pests that attack them are snails and caterpillars. Oh So Orange is available from Dawson’s Garden World plant centres.
Geraniums are a tough and popular free-flowering plant.