In Flower this Week:
Scented Pelargoniums (aka Scented Geraniums)
(13 November 2014)
This lovely small-growing shrub is a worthwhile addition to the garden, not least because of its exceptionally perfumed foliage. Scented pelargonium cultivars are derived from a great number of species, including, and not limited to, Pelargonium graveolens. Commonly known as a variety of geranium, scented pelargoniums come in many different flavours such as lemon, rose and cinnamon, and the list goes happily onwards. They have many uses, both in the kitchen and medicinally, and are a well-known ingredient in perfumes and the like. They even have attractive, non-gaudy flowers.
Scented pelargoniums grow well in Canberra and surrounds, and make for attractive, low maintenance, garden and pot plants. They prefer well-drained positions, protected from hot westerly sun, wind, and heavy frost. Situate plants where passerby inadvertently brush against their foliage, causing them to release their delightful, stop-in-your-tracks, perfume. Apply controlled release and liquid fertiliser throughout the growing season, and prune after flowering to promote bushy habit and avoid fungal problems. Water well over summer, avoiding the foliage, and allow to dry out between applications.