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We grow over 100+ types of Scented Leaf Pelargonium, Species and Cultivars.   
We are an Internet based Specialist Nursery and post our amazing Scented Geraniums to all areas of the UK and Ireland.

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American Prince of Orange
strong orange scent/aroma

 The Scented Leaf Pelargonium group are all sub-shrubs and are also classified as herbs. They are currently enjoying a massive revival as many of us are stopping to consider our Planet Earth and are going more towards a non-chemical lifestyle.

Surprisingly the amazing scents/aromas are contained in oils in the leaves, whilst the flowers have hardly any perfume.

They are diverse in their individual growing habit and are not of a standard size like many groups of plants.  At maturity an indiviudal Scented Geranium type may be as small as 8 inches in height x spread to as much as 2+ metres in height x spread.  It is for this reason that we can never say how large the plants are that we post out, as they all vary in size at the 'young' stage and it depends on the types selected.  We do not like the 'small plant in the hand' photo that you see on many Nursery websites and for our plants it would be very misleading due to their non-standardisation.  We do guarantee though that we always pick the largest plants that we are able to and all are checked and carefully packed prior to posting.

Abrotanifolium
pleasant aromatic scent/aroma
The leaves of the prettier smelling types are often used in food and drinks recipes, aromatherapy, perfumery, cosmetic and the pharmaceutical industry and extensively in herbal preparations.

During the past few years Scented Geraniums are often included in a sensory room which has been found to give a lot of pleasure for people who have multi-health issues.  When the leaves are disturbed, or touched, the often quite strong scents are emitted in to the surrounding air, which is really pleasant.  Also, in general, the leaves are lovely to touch and quite a few types have a soft and velvety texture.


Annsbrook Beauty
lemon scent/aroma
The variation of scents/aromas that there are is quite amazing and it is this aspect of the Scented Leaf Pelargonium group that has a great tendency to get lots of people totally hooked on growing them.  Certainly, the amazing scents are incredible when you experience them for the first time.  We should know as our very first purchase was for just 6 different types and our Collection currently numbers in excess of 100+ types.  They really are addictive once you have discovered them!

Examples of the scents/aromas that we grow are:
lemon, cinnamon, rose, apple, apricot, roasted almond, lime, eau-de-cologne, sweet cedar, spicy cola, eucalyptus, spicy, pine, peach, lavender, black pepper, strawberry, fruity, sweet grapefruit, peppermint, ginger, woodsy and oak, pleasant and aromatic.

Quite a few individual types have a combination of 2 or more scents/aromas, i.e. top note might be rose with a base note of lemon.

Ardwick Cinnamon
cinnamon scent/aroma
Ardwick Cinnamon
flowers over many months
An extremely popular type with a strong and distinct cinnamon scent/aroma.

One of the smaller growing types and ideal as a house plant all year round.





Aroma
sweet scent/aroma
The Scented Leaf Pelargonium group primarily originates from South Africa.  There are approximately 250 Scented Leaf Species and quite a few of these were recorded by the early European plant Explorers as far back as the early 1600's.


During the past 400+ years their popularity has had its highs and lows.  Queen Victoria in the 1900's was a great fan but by the onset of the 1st World War the group went in to a decline.  Their was a short revival during the 1950's but as the trend towards a more 'uniform' style of plant became popular the non-standardised growing habit of Scented Geraniums did not endear itself to the major Dutch growers of bedding plants and they once again faded in to the plant world background.

distinct rose scent/aroma

Without a doubt Attar of Roses is the most popular of any Scented Leaf Pelargonium type.  Anyone who grows Scented Geraniums would undoubtedly have this type in their Collection.  How could they not with its stunning and delightful fresh and pretty rose scent!  Attar of Roses probably has a more distinct rose scent than the majority of roses.


Not only is the perfume absolutely amazing the leaves have a multitude of uses and are extensively used in baking and recipes.  As we often say:
'The uses for the leaves of Scented Geraniums will only be limited by your imagination!'

Attar of Roses is commercially grown on a vast scale, especially around the Madagascar area where the climate suits this herb.

The oils (attar) from the leaves are extensively used in the perfumery and cosmetic industry and without a doubt when you purchase soap or bath preparations many will contain an element of Attar of Roses oils.


SCENTED SUGAR:  Many of the Scented Leaf types are excellent for adding to granulated or caster sugar. 
  • Take 6 to 10 leaves from Attar of Roses 
  • Crush gently to disturb the oils
  • Add to 2lbs of sugar in an airtight container
  • Simply shake the container daily for approx. 2 weeks
  • Voila!!  You now have rose scented sugar
Scented sugar is a natural herbal alternative for flavouring cakes and any of the pleasant scented types may be used.


Please see our website for the full characteristics and growing habit of Attar of Roses.
As you can see from this photo when you group several Attar of Roses together it makes a lovely display.  Flowers are prolific over many months.  Scent/aroma is divine. 





 rose scent/aroma




Unusual and irregular variegation to leaves.  Growing habit and other characteristics are like Attar of Roses.





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Scented Leaf Pelargonium - Scented Geraniums really are Living Natural Fragrance for Homes and Gardens

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