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Find Scented Geraniums in Central Texas

herbal geraniumsSo much confusion over this plant!  When looking for a supplier, best to ask for “herb geraniums” .

Most gardeners favor the showy zonal species which display’s the familiar “mop head” blossoms. The scented varieties leave little doubt about  their parentage,.If you can smell, they’re easy to pick out. In this case it’s the small, airy leaves that imparts the wonderful scent we’re after, usually when brushed up against or on warm summer days without doing a thing!  Their range of fragrance includes citrus, peppermint, rose, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, peach, apricot, apple, strawberry, coconut and pineapple. Because of these odors, pleasant to us, may not be as attractive to our pesky hill country deer population.  So like our Texas native lantana, deer resistant!

A local source in Texas is The Natural Gardener in South Austin. I found out this morning 3/7/08 that they have just received a shipment of six flavors, one being the rare apricot! I love using these wonderful plants as they are so easy to take care of, are equally happy in mixed borders or in containers and their perennial nature allows me to “collect” new scents every year.

For more information contact:

* International Geranium Society

P.O. Box 92734 Pasadena, Calif., 91109-2734

* The Natural Gardener

8468 Old Bee Caves Rd., Austin, Tx. 78735

512-288-6113

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