Gail has been building up our stock of scented pelargoniums for a few years and we are now able to sell them by mail order. We prefer to send them out in multiples of three making deliveries more cost effective. The multiples of three can be made up of any of the plants.
Click here for a list of scented pelargoniums
They are good houseplants in the winter months and very good performers in pots outside in the summer.
Most scented pelargoniums originated from South Africa, where they are drought tolerant and like to live in full sun. From late May they grow well in pots and containers in the garden. As mid October approaches they should be moved inside the house, conservatory or greenhouse kept above freezing.
A few are slightly more hardy, but an experience or a watchful eye is necessary to know when to move them under cover.
Scent is emitted from their leaves which have a wide range of shapes and textures. Many have attractived flowers, but they are not very prominent. Trying to indentify their various scents can be an interesting exercise. Our van loaded the night before a plant fair can have a heady effect as we prepare to set off in the morning.
Good in large pots
Pelargonium 'Prince of Orange' AGM occupies a terracotta pot in our courtyard garden in the summer.
It has compact light green orange scented foliage and clusters of soft, pale pink flowers. Usually about 30cm in height.
Foliage makes the difference
Apart from differences in scent many scented pelargoniums have a distinctive foliage. A good example is Pelargonium 'Lady Plymouth' (v), which has cream-grey variegated leaves.
Its leaves are rose-peppermint scented with clusters of small pink flowers. Usually about 40cm in height.
Pelargonium 'Fragrans Variegatum' (v) is a bushy plant with nutmeg-pine scented grey green leaves. The leaves have cream and white variegation.
It produces clusters of small white flowers. Height 30cm.
Pelargonium denticulatum 'Filicifolium' is bushy with balsam scented ferny leaves.
It produces clusters of pink flowers. Height 30cm.
Pelargonium 'Cys Sunburst' is an upright crispum style. it produces pale pink flowers.
The top two petals and slightly darker with a feathery blotch. Height 25cm.
For a comprehensive list with pictures of the 40+ varieties in the nursery please click scented pelargoniums.
The arrangements for the mail order of scented pelargoniums are different from those for grasses and perennials. Please email your list or telephone to discuss availability [01724 733940 or 0787573253].