Scented Geraniums in three inch pots are little promises
waiting to explode into big, beautiful, fragrant plants. They are fast
growing and can be enjoyed as annuals in Zones 7 and under. Or, they can be
grown in containers on the patio and brought in over winter. Each spring
container grown plants need to be root pruned and given fresh soil and, if
possible, a larger container.
In Zones 8 and
up, most are perennials. In Zone 8, they die back to the ground but return
(most years) in the spring. Smaller leaved varieties do best, in Zone 8,
if their dead stems are left until the plant has grown up around them in
the spring. Often these stems are not dead but dormant and will produce
new leaves in the spring. Larger leaved varieties may have their dead
stems removed in winter or spring.
In Zones 9 and up, where these lovelies
are evergreen, fall pruning of long and lanky stems to a fairly short
length will produce a tidier, more attractive looking shrub in the spring.
Scenteds (as they are often referred to)
like it warm, sunny and dry, Planted in the ground, most Scented Geraniums get quite large;
but they can be pruned if they start to
overshadow another plant. Be sure to bring your fragrant floral cuttings
in and arrange them with other fresh flowers. They will last about a week
in a vase. Wherever you put them,
make it close to you. You will want to brush against them often. Plant
patches of them in all your garden beds so that when you prune your other
plants you will become engulfed in their fragrance.