The Geranium family includes the genus Pelargonium and the related Cranesbills. There are approximately 400 species of annual, biennial, and perennial plants that are named geraniums. The geranium family includes zonal geraniums, ivy geraniums, regal geraniums, and scented geraniums. The geranium originated in South Africa, and came to the European continent in the 1600’s and has been propagated and hybridized ever since. Nature Hills offers the perennial form of the geranium. The popularity of hardy geraniums is because of their long season of interest. Along with their pretty flowers, most have beautiful foliage.
Most geranium plants will produce more flowers if planted in a sunny position. Geraniums will grow in partial shade, but flowering may be reduced. Geraniums prefer well drained soil and are not particular about soil type as long as it is well drained. Geraniums are not heavy users of fertilizer. Apply a light amount of 20-20-20 twice during the growing season. Over fertilization may cause the geranium to not bloom. Many geraniums make a great house plant for year around beauty.