Pelargonium/ˌpɛlɑːrˈɡoʊniəm/ is a genus of flowering plants which includes about 280 species of perennials, succulents, and shrubs, commonly known as geraniums, pelargoniums, or storksbills.Geranium is also the botanical name and common name of a separate genus of related plants, also known as cranesbills. Both genera belong to the family Geraniaceae.
Pelargonium species are evergreen perennials indigenous to temperate and tropical regions of the world, with many species in southern Africa. They are drought and heat tolerant, but can tolerate only minor frosts. Some species are extremely popular garden plants, grown as houseplants and bedding plants in temperate regions. They have a long flowering period, with flowers mostly in purple, red and orange, or white.
Gardenia Florida (Gardenia augusta ‘Florida’) is an outstanding evergreen shrub with extremely fragrant double white blooms with glossy green foliage.
Gardenias make an ideal specimen or potted plant with their dark green glossy foliage and masses of blooms making them a real feature. These are equally good planted as a hedge as they can be clipped into shape if required.
A beautiful addition to a cottage or scented garden. Flowers from late spring into summer and autumn. Prefers warmer climates but can be grown in cooler climates if planted in a protected position against a wall. Frost tender so must have protection in a cooler climate.