If you are new to gardening, Pelargonium is one of the best flowering plants to satisfy and encourage the passion. These easy-to-grow and evergreen bloomers offer a wide variety of colors. They are not fussy about growing conditions, and do well in almost any soil type and light conditions however a light loamy soil and good exposure to bright sunlight is preferable.
Originally growing in Mediterranean climates of South Africa, Madagascar and parts of Asia, Pelargoniums are now cultivated in almost all parts of the world. There are a number of cultivars and hybrids of Pelargonium with different growing habits: shrubby, bushy, trailing, and low-growing. The easiest and the fastest way to propagate Pelargonium plants is by cuttings that root easily and become new plants in a couple of weeks. Young plants can be grown in containers to decorate window gardens and patios. They are also good for bedding or just as ornamentals for seasonal display.
Water your Pelargoniums moderately during the growing season from spring to summer; water sparingly in winter.
A number of Pelargoniums emit nice citrus or fruity scents. Some of these scented Pelargonium species are grown commercially for the production of perfumes and geranium oil. Some species produce edible leaves and flowers are also used for flavoring in desserts, cakes, jellies and teas.
Popular species include: Pelargonium bowkeri, P. cucullatum, Pelargonium echinatum, P. domesticum, and P. elargonium. Scented Pelargoniums include:
Pelargonium crispum (lemon scent), Pelargonium odoratissimum (apple scent), Pelargonium x torento (ginger scent), and P. capitatum (rose scent).