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!
The workhorse of my window garden is Pelargonium graveolens, the rose-scented geranium, pictured here.
Also known as the rose geranium, this plant is not technically a geranium at all, but rather, a member of the Pelargonium genus. Confusingly, pelargoniums are commonly known as scented geraniums.
In any case, this is a plant that really earns its keep—not only is it easy to grow, but the plant's deeply cut, medium green, intensely fragrant leaves can be used in drinks, desserts, and even in your bath as a beauty treatment. And it's easy to propagate new plants from the old so that you can give little geranium plants as inexpensive gifts to your fellow gardeners.
Kevin Lee Jacobs blogs at A Garden for the House. He was introduced to gardening when he was no taller than a delphinium. Today, his home in upstate New York features formal rose gardens outdoors and lavish window gardens indoors.