The childhood, teenhood and macro-adulthood all took place in zone 10, and the lowly zonal geranium (Pelargonium hotorum ) was religiously snubbed throughout. They were every bit as ubiquitous as Stella de Oro and Agapanthus. Snails set up condos under the dense foliage, and since no one ever seemed to deadhead them , late summer found a cluster of canes sticking up with brown-ish red fading flowerheads and shiny mollusk trails criss-crossing across the leaves. I despised them. At some point , I began to have an interest in the scented -leaved versions.A garden centers' thumbs-up rating could be determined in the scented geranium section- if there even was one. The collection has expanded and receded over the years; I lose a couple every winter as I turn my attention to the protection of succulents and cane begonias, sadly neglecting the Pelargoniums, whose needs are easily forgotten when the gardener is distracted by the look-at-me drama of the Aloes, Crassulas, and Rexes. A great excuse however, to buy more . They all live in pots, snails are strongly discouraged . The flowers are incidental- I love the downy leaves, the fragrance that stays on the hands, the understated presence in the garden.There is an annual purchase from Robin Parers booth at the San Francisco Garden Show, and a visit to her nursery is long overdue.
Peppermint scented..my favorite.
This one has been around a few years, the tag long gone .
P. Charity Rose
P, citronellum 'Mabel Grey' , Lemon Verbena scented, and they aren't kidding.
P. schitzopetalum, the flower is night scented..but this leaf !
P. asperum 'Grey Lady Plymouth'
P. fragrans 'Snowy Nutmeg'
This years Robin Parer selection, and I've already lost the tag. Bad me. I love the leaves !
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