Powerhouse annuals boast exceptional flowering from spring through fall
MOST of us have a favourite geranium. Often, our preference is based on the colourful blooms, fragrance or magnificent foliage that can be found in this ever-expanding and adaptable group of plants.
Andy Cherkas, president of the Geranium, Pelargonium and Fuchsia Society of Ontario explains that in this part of the world, the annual flower we commonly call geraniums are actually pelargoniums. The true geraniums are the perennials we call cranesbills and are in the same family as pelargonium. Species pelargoniums are mostly native to South Africa; however, there are also varieties that occur in Madagascar, East Africa, Turkey, Iran, New Zealand and Australia. There are many varieties of scented pelargoniums that have a variety of spice, citrus, mint, and pine scents. The spice, mint and citrus varieties can be used in cooking as herbs and flavourings; for example, spice cake with spice-scented leaves or fish baked with citrus-scented leaves.