Best flowering pelargoniums for Spring

Best flowering pelargoniums for Spring include: 

P. denticulatum a large slightly bushy shrub full of pastel pink flowers during Spring which looks stunning when lit up by the sun and also attracts honey bees, excellent for a border plant.

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Pelargonium graveolens which grows well in medium to large pots and is an attractive plant with rose/mint scented leaves and pretty pink flowers and a lovely plant to grow near the house in a sunny area.

Other spring flower pelargoniums include P. quercifolium- grows well with other shrubs like rosemary.

P. visscossimum, P. odoratissmum. P. vitifolium, P. grossularioides, P. tongaense, P. elongatum and P. greytonense.

First flowers of Pelargonium viscossimum this year.

New flowers of pelargonium viscossimum this year, it has pale purplish pink flowers and darker markings. Various other spring flowers including Africa daisy flowers with butterfly, daffodils, a bay tree with very strong fragrance which attracts insects, rose, tulips, pelargonium quercifolium and a purple Mediterranean bee on a flower.

Pelargonium viscossimum

Spring flowers- Pelargonium denticulatum

As we are getting towards early Spring with a few sunny days, Pelargonium denticulatum is now starting to flower with its first flower buds this year.

P. denticulatum has pinkish purple flowers with darker markings on the upper petals and dark green sticky divided leaves which are balsam scented. This plant grows to 150 cm /59 inches in height and grows in slightly damp areas.

P. radens x P. graveolens

This plant which germinated in the Autumn could possibly be a cross between Pelargonium radens and Pelargonium graveolens. The leaves are like that of P. graveolens  and the flowers look something between the two, light flowers like P. radens and the shape is similar to that of P. graveolens. They are pollinated by bees so occasionally something unusual comes up.

New plants

We now have new plants of P. grandiflorum and P. papilionaceum among others, they are still quite small but should grow well throughout the year, These plants both have large beautiful flowers and foliage, P. papilionaceum has flowers that resembles a butterfly with larger upper petals and darker markings & P. grandiflorum also has fairly large flowers of white to pink with darker markings on the upper petals.

butterfly peli plantgrandiflorum plant

 

Pelargoniums in flower

A few pelargoniums are now flowering as the more frequent spring like days & the warming rays of the sun, also some rainfall that encourages growth. Pelargonium glutinosum, P. denticulatum, P. odoratissimum and P. inquians are the first to flower, other types now have buds so should flower quite soon such as P. quercifolium, P. scabrum and P. vitifolium. Also Many birds, butterflies and other wildlife are arriving in the garden.

New seedlings

succulent seedlingslobatum peli seedling

Two new seedlings have now germinated – Pelargonium crithmifolium & pelargonium quinquelobatum.
P. crithmifolium when mature has thick succulent stems grey green in colour with fleshy leaves, the elegant flowers are white with pinkish purple markings on the upper petals, The name crithmifolium refers to the leaves that are like a rock samphire in appearance known as crithmum maritimum.
P. quinquelobatum when mature has beautiful yellow/green to green/ blue flowers, it is a perennial with grey green triangular leaves with a touch of red.