Our slide show is all about how to grow rose-scented geraniums in the winter and in the summer, indoors and out; how to propagate cuttings into new plants; and how to use the fragrant leaves in cocktail and dessert recipes. Plus: How to perfume your bath with the leaves!
Considering graveolens' beauty, usefulness, and its history—the plant was brought from South Africa to England in 1774, and carried to the New World by the colonists shortly after—it seems strange that so few garden centers offer it today.
I bought mine almost ten years ago, and have kept it going through yearly propagation efforts. If you can’t find one locally, try selectseeds.com or logees.com. Be sure to ask for ‘True Rose’; another cultivar, ‘Lady Plymouth,’ with variegated leaves, offers only a weak rose fragrance.