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Scented Geranium

Pelargonium

With fragrances of fruits, flowers, spices, and even chocolate, scented geraniums delight the senses. The plant's tactile leaves -- some fuzzy, some smooth -- come in a wide range of shapes and hues. They have been favorites of herb and indoor gardeners since Victorian times. They are hardy in Zones 10-11 and warmer parts of Zone 9 but can be grown as annuals or houseplants in colder regions. Most scented geranium flowers are smaller and less showy than annual bedding geraniums, but they can create an attractive bonus to the fragrant foliage. Plants grow up to 3 feet tall and wide.

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Part Sun, Sun

Height:

1 to 3 feet

Width:

12-36 inches wide

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Zones:

9-11

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Angel Eyes Light scented geranium
Angel Eyes Light scented geranium
Pelargonium Angel Eyes Light is a bushy trailing plant that grows 10-15 inches tall and wide. It bears profuse bicolor flowers in shades of pink. The flower color is deeper pink during cool seasons, fading to lighter pink in summer. Zones 9-11
Apricot-scented geranium
Apricot-scented geranium
Pelargonium scabrum is a shrubby plant with hairy lobed leaves that have a sweet, fruity scent. It bears pink to white flowers from early spring to summer and grows 12-24 inches tall and wide. Zones 9–11
'Chocolate Mint' scented geranium
'Chocolate Mint' scented geranium
Pelargonium tomentosum 'Chocolate Mint' is named for the maroon splotches along leaf veins rather than the scent of the plant, which is minty, not chocolaty. As leaves mature, the brownish coloration fades. The plant develops pale lavender flowers and grows 1-3 feet tall and wide. Zones 9-11
Coconut-scented geranium
Coconut-scented geranium
Pelargonium grossularioides is also known as gooseberry geranium or gooseberry-leaved scented geranium for the shape of its scalloped leaves. The plant grows as a spreading groundcover, reaching 6-12 inches tall and 12-18 inches wide. In California it has escaped cultivation to become a weed. Zones 9-11
Fernleaf scented geranium
Fernleaf scented geranium
Pelargonium denticulatum 'Filicifolium' is known by several common names, including fernleaf, toothleaf, and pine-scented geranium. It has finely divided leaves with toothed edges and a strong piney fragrance. Small pinkish-purple flowers develop above the lacy foliage. It grows 18-36 inches tall and 12-24 inches wide. Zones 9-11
'French Lace' scented geranium
'French Lace' scented geranium
Pelargonium crispum 'French Lace' is an upright sport of 'Prince Rupert' scented geranium. The pale pink flowers stand out against the plant's deeply lobed leaves, which have a strong lemon scent and variegated creamy yellow margins. The plant grows 12-18 inches tall and wide. Zones 9-11
Lemon-scented geranium
Lemon-scented geranium
Pelargonium crispum is also known as 'French Lace' geranium because its leaves have wavy margins and are closely stacked on the stems, giving the plant a frilly appearance. The foliage has a strong lemon fragrance. Pale pink flowers appear sporadically. The plant grows 12-36 inches tall and 6-15 inches wide. Zones 9-11
'Mabel Grey' lemon-scented geranium
'Mabel Grey' lemon-scented geranium
Pelargonium citronellum 'Mabel Grey' is often considered the best of the lemon-scented geraniums. It has sharply lobed hairy leaves and bears pink flowers with darker reddish-purple veins. It can grow up to 4 feet tall, making it a good choice for topiary standards. Zones 9-11
'Mini Karmine' scented geranium
'Mini Karmine' scented geranium
Pelargonium 'Mini Karmine' looks its best in hanging baskets or window boxes, where you can enjoy the plant as it trails over the edges. It features bright magenta flowers and finely cut foliage. Zones 9-11
'Old Spice' scented geranium
'Old Spice' scented geranium
Pelargonium fragrans 'Old Spice' is a selection of nutmeg-scented geranium. It has gray-green rounded and lobed leaves with a spicy aroma. Another common name is sweet-leaved geranium. The plant grows 12-18 inches tall and wide, and bears small white flowers. Zones 9-11
Peppermint-scented geranium
Peppermint-scented geranium
Pelargonium tomentosum is a spreading subshrub with fuzzy silvery-gray leaves. True to its name, the plant emits a strong minty aroma. It bears tiny white flowers with purple splashes in the throat. It grows 1-2 feet tall and spreads up to 4 feet wide. Other names include peppermint geranium and pennyroyal geranium. Zones 9-11
Rose-scented geranium
Rose-scented geranium
Pelargonium graveolens is also called velvet rose and sweet-scented geranium. The deeply lobed hairy leaves have a strong scent of roses. They are sometimes used for commercial production of geranium oil, a substitute for attar of roses in perfume production. Flowers are small and pinkish-white. Plants may grow 1-3 feet tall and wide. Zones 9-11
'Snowflake' scented geranium
'Snowflake' scented geranium
Pelargonium capitatum 'Snowflake' has rounded leaves flecked with white. The scent is a combination of citrus and rose, and the plant is sometimes listed as a rose-scented geranium. Plants grow 12-18 inches tall and wide. Zones 9-11
'Snowy Nutmeg' scented geranium
'Snowy Nutmeg' scented geranium
Pelargonium fragrans 'Snowy Nutmeg' has rounded gray-green foliage with irregular splashes of creamy white. The foliage has a strong spicy fragrance reminiscent of nutmeg. Flowers are white. 'Snowy Nutmeg' scented geranium grows 12-18 inches tall and wide. Zones 9-11
Spanish lavender-scented geranium
Spanish lavender-scented geranium
Pelargonium cucullatum is a shrubby plant that can grow up to 6 feet tall in the wild, but in cultivation it is more likely to grow 12-24 inches tall and wide. It is also known as hooded-leaf geranium because its hairy leaves are cupped upward, resembling a hooded cloak. It is one of the parents of regal geraniums and, like the regal types, requires cool nights for its pinkish-purple flowers to develop. Zones 9-11
'Sweet Mimosa' rose-scented geranium
'Sweet Mimosa' rose-scented geranium
Pelargonium graveolens 'Sweet Mimosa' is also known as 'Sweet Miriam' rose-scented geranium. The plant has deeply lobed hairy leaves with a sweet, rosy fragrance. Flowers are pink. It grows 12-36 inches tall and wide. Zones 9-11
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