Quick Guide to Scents Aromas
Scented Leaf Pelargonium
we grow over 100 individual named types
TIP: see the scent category table below, click on a link and read the main details page for each type as scented geraniums do vary quite a lot and do not take a standard form or size.
Worldwide it is thought that there are several thousand different types of scented pelargonium cultivars; these plants are often referred to as scented geraniums.
There are also over 250 scented pelargonium species, with many of these still growing wild in countries such as South Africa.
Needless to mention, it is an impossibility that all of these could ever be grown by one person or company. Being such a diverse group of plants it has been and remains extremely difficult to keep track of new introductions and many are never fully accredited or recorded for posterity.
However, once accustomed to growing scented geraniums the diversity of the individual types does become noticeable and generally differences between types would be obvious to the trained eyes of a keen gardener:
- variation of the scent or aroma of natural oils are contained in the leaves, as opposed to the flower.
One must always consider that a particular scent will always be a very individual and subjective personal experience.
Some types of scented pelargonium have what is described as a prominent 'top note' i.e. rose with a 'bottom note' say of lemon. This contrasting scent or aroma does vary tremendously throughout the scented geranium group.
- leaf colour and or form
- flower colour and or form
- growing characteristics, i.e. compact, large, semi-branching, trailing, upright or bushy
- NOTE - all types in the scented pelargonium group are classified as herbs and the aromatic leaves are safe to use as a flavouring in recipes, just as you would a general herb.
The 'pretty' scented leaves are used extensively in recipes, aromatherapy, herbal preparations, medicine, cosmetics and perfumes; they are also often used as a sensory aid as they are a very tactile plant.
Scents, alternatively referred to as aromas - here is a quick guide to the types of scented pelargonium that we grow and offer in our online catalogue: