New 2010 Photos of Scented Leaf Pelargoniums grown in pots, containers and raised beds(August 27, 2010)
RAISED BOXES of SCENTED LEAF PELARGONIUMS
Starter Sized Scented Leaf Pelargoniums
From little acorns do oak trees grow..........or Mature Scented Leaf Pelargoniums from Starter Sized plants
Yes, it is very hard to imagine that all of the baby starter sized scented geraniums in the photo will grow in to ravishing beauties, as the photos below demonstrate.
RAISED PLANTED BOXES
Last year we paved quite a large area on the field as it does have a tendency to hold a lot of water, especially over the winter months. Also moving trolleys around filled with palnts was quite difficult and tiring. We didn't really want to use such a hard looking material as paving slabs but like everything here at the Nursery cost is always a factor. To soften the hardness of the slabs we had quite a long series of raised boxes made and they have really worked well. Mostly they have been planted with perennials and a few shrubs but the triangle ones, as in the photo, have various Scented Leaf Pelargoniums. It is a very colourful display this year and the scent in the air is quite amazing.
This photo of Lady Plymouth is a very good example of how large some of the scented geraniums are able to grow to. Approximate height from ground level is 3 feet high, with a similar spread. The following is true of all plants, if they do not have enough space beneath the compost for the roots to grow in to they will not happily put on top growth. However, if you do not wish the plant to grow too large you may restrict growth by keeping the plant by not providing too much growing in to space. This is OK as long as you keep a watchful eye on how the plant is reacting to its confinement. If it doesn't like the restriction it will let you know by starting to look 'poorly' and this is a sure sign that there isn't enough growing space for the roots below the compost and it isn't able to take up enough nutriments or absorb enough water.
Not sure what we mean - have a read through the following on our website:
we all have our own style of planting and my preference is to include Scented Leaf Pelargoniums with other plants.
I really do like the way that the different shades of blue lobelia make the variegated leaves of Lady Plymouth stand out.
Many of the medium to larger sized SLP's are excellent in a mixed planting scheme. Scilly Mauve, Grace Thomas and Radula are just a few that come to mind. The advantage of including Scenteds is, of course, the beautiful perfumes that will be carried along on the breeze.
From the feedback that we receive it would appear that quite a few avid followers do tend to keep their Scented Leaf Pelargoniums separate from other types of plants. I do understand why this might be a preference but do believe that there's always room in the mixed garden borders to pop in a 'smellie pellie'.
Lifting the Scenteds at the end of Summer, late September/early October, can be a problem though as the root systems may be at quite a depth in the soil/compost.
Alternatively, from feedback we receive, many folk do leave the Scented Geraniums in the ground for the plants to be killed off by the first frosts. You might think is quite a shame but for some people who cannot overwinter their plants inside it is a practical decision. Our 12 Selection of Starters for £20 is such good value (£1.67 per plant) we can see why this is one of our Top Sellers. 2011 - the 12 Selection of Starters Price will not be increased, it will remain at £20 inc. P & P to all UK destinations.
All types of the Scented Leaf group are excellent in containers; from the smaller types to the very large. However, as I often say, size really does matter and it is important to grow the individual type in a container that will be large enough for when the plant reaches maturity. To check how large a particular SLP will grow to refer back to the Catalogue page as the height and spread is provided for each individual type.
We are all guilty of overcrowding our plants and this is something to keep in mind when you pot up the Starter size. As the photo to the right demonstrates there is just one Hansen's Wild Spice in the 12" container and in its first season it has already filled the pot and ideally needs moving on into a larger one. You can restrict the growth if you are stuck for space by tipping the plant out and trimming back the roots and repot in to fresh free draining compost. The comment I would pass is that when I'm emailed with photos of an ailing plant it usually is due to an inappropriate pot or container size in relation to the size of the Scented Geranium.
The advantage of growing Scenteds in containers is that they are easily moved around the garden during the summer months to provide striking displays at strategic points. Containers are also easy to lift inside to keep frost free over the winter months.
|Hansen's Wild Spice in a container |
Hansen's Wild Spice is in a 12" bell pot and although doing well is at the point when it should be moved in to a larger one.
At this point the compost in the container will be quite depleted of nutriments and the roots will have taken up all of the space and have nothing left to grow in to. If this Scented was in a larger pot there would be a lot more flowers. The lack of flowers is letting me know that it needs some TLC!
Hanged planter on wall at the side of our house 2009
It did look quite nice for a while though!
There are quite a few types of trailing or semi'-branching types of Scented Leaf Pelargoniums which are excellent for containers and hanging baskets.
Excellent Tip for 2011 - fragrant hanging baskets
It is hard to imagine that in South Africa that they consider Scilly Mauve to be a weed!
Have a read through the Catalogue descriptions of the individual types for information on growing habits. Most types are suitable for in the home but it is important that correct care is provided. Here's another link that is helpful: