Non-hardy plant, better known as an indoor plant.
Geraniums are used on a large scale in window-boxes, but also as bedding plants. They require full sun and the reason why they do so well in window-boxes is that they need little water.
Usesoil in boxes and containers; in the garden any not too wet soil is acceptable.
A number of varieties can be sown under glass.from mid winter onwards; otherwise takein late summer; keep them frost free in winter.
Pelargonium peltatum hybrids: Trailingand shield-shaped, angular fleshy ; the -stalk reaches to just within the margin. , rose-red, white etc. Ideal for window-boxes.
Pelargonium zonale hybrids: .
Penstemon hirsutus: Hardy perennial, height 20-70 cm; reddish-flower clusters in summer months. The entire plant is covered in down.
Penstemon hybrids: Height 30-80 cm; plants grown asflower from late spring to mid summer. There are low-growing as well as tall-growing strains. The blood-red forms are very well known, but there are also varieties and other pastel shades.