Brush against a leaf and imagine yourself in a rose garden in full bloom. Run your fingers against another and inhale a beguiling sweet lemon-rose fragrance or delicious minty chocolate scent. These evocative fragrances belong to our trios of scented geranium varieties whose leaves have tiny oil glands that mimic the perfumes of spices, fruits and flowers. Scented geranium leaves make aromatic flavorings for teas, jams and scones, cookies and cakes; simply air dried, they are perfect in potpourris and sachets. Tuck a few leaves of each variety in canisters of sugar or honey to infuse them with both scent and flavor.
Scented geranium plants (Pelargoniums) are non-fussy, drought tolerant tender perennials rarely bothered by insect pests or disease, and they are truly deer resistant plants. Planted along the border or walkway, their fragrances are released when passing by or brushing against them. Depending on variety, plants will grow 1 1/2 - 3 feet tall and about 2 feet wide. They look great in pots, or use them to fill and tumble from window boxes. Given enough light, scented geraniums also make lovely, easy care houseplants. With their colorful little lilac and pink flowers, diverse leaf forms and heavenly fragrances, scented geraniums are wonderful plants to enjoy both indoors and out.
Each trio is a sold as a set of 3 plants, individually potted, carefully packed and shipped to you at the right time for planting in your climate zone, March through May. Plant orders ship directly from our grower, separately from your seed order. Sorry, we cannot ship to Hawaii or Canada. Sets include 3 varieties each; not sold individually.
Scented Geranium Trio I: Chocolate Mint, Old Fashioned Rose & Lime
Chocolate Mint Scented Geranium (Pelargonium tomentosum)
This tantalizing plant has handsome bicolored green and burgundy leaves and a fragrance that will remind you of a chocolate peppermint patty. Put several leaves in the filter basket when brewing coffee to add delicious subtle flavor to your morning cup. Small pale pink flowers when in bloom. Grows 2-3 feet tall.
Old Fashioned Rose Scented Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Vigorous 2 foot tall plants with pretty little rose-pink flowers. The deeply cut leaves have an intense clear rose fragrance, so pure that it is traditionally used in France for perfume making, confectionary and jellies. In the kitchen, steep the leaves in milk or sugar to perfume cake, custards, meringues, cookies, scones or muffins. Also wonderful in sachets.
Lime Scented Geranium (Pelargonium x nervosum)
Lime is a richly aromatic geraniums with striking, deeply cut, rich green leaves on strong, upright stems. It makes an excellent container plant, growing to around 18 inches tall with small, pale pink-lavender flowers stippled with lavender markings. Plants can take hot, sunny conditions outside and also make a handsome houseplant indoors in a sunny window.
Scented Geranium Trio II: Lemon Rose, Attar of Roses & Peppermint
Rober's Lemon-Rose Scented Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Plants have oak-shaped leaves and a bushy habit with pretty sprays of tiny pink flowers. The handsome leaves yield a lavish fragrance that combines the scents of sweet citrus and rose fragrance whenever you brush or crush them. Steep the fragrant leaves in milk or sugar to add flavor to cakes, cookies or piecrust. Perfect in sachets or potpourri. Grows to 3 feet.
Intensely rose scented plants with 3 lobed leaves and clusters of pastel mauve-pink flowers. Blooming from early summer through autumn, 16-18 in. tall plants are ornamental in the garden and fine container or year-round house plants. Use leaves to flavor sugar (rose scented frosting!) for cookies, cakes, muffins or sprinkle over sliced strawberries, peaches or melon.
Peppermint Scented Geranium (Pelargonium tomentosum)
This is the most fragrant of all mint scented geraniums, with big palm-shaped leaves, a velvety soft touch and delicate fluffy white blossoms. The leaves offer up a warm-spicy peppermint fragrance when brushed or crushed. Enjoy their aroma in the garden and use in herbal teas or baking. Plants' trailing growth habit is perfect for containers or to tumble in the landscape.