Geraniums for a monsoon garden?
In Morocco I have seen outdoor hedges with man-made geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum, Geraniaceae), but so far we have failed in finding suitable cultivars for Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. With many species being native to South Africa, we fear the heavy Chiang Mai monsoon rains in August – September kills them. Geraniums are popular in Sweden, where they are grown outdoors in pots in summertime, and then kept indoors in wintertime. If anyone in a lowland monsoon climate have had success in growing a particular hybrid, please let us know!
Red geraniums mixed with blue forget-me-not (Myosotis sp., Boraginaceae) and garden pansies (Viola x wittrockiana, Violaceae) are exotic to Thais visiting Gripsholm’s Castle in Sweden.
Eric Danell & Ketsanee Seehamongkol