If you're looking for a plant that not only adds beauty to your garden but also serves a practical purpose, then Pelargoniums, or 'Scented Geraniums,' are an excellent choice. These plants have a delightful nostalgic scent that will transport you to another time. Although often mistaken for geraniums, Pelargoniums are derived from the word 'Pelargos,' meaning "stork's bill," and their unique shape makes them stand out in any garden.
One variety that's gaining popularity is 'Citrosa,' which not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of your garden but also helps keep mosquitoes, black flies, and other biting insects at bay. The refreshing scent of citronella, derived from the leaves of 'Citronella,' can be used to make potpourris, perfumes, and flavoring preserves. Highly aromatic, the Scented Geranium 'Citronella' looks stunning when grown in a pot or container, which also helps to contain its rapid growth.
Investing in Pelargoniums, particularly 'Citrosa,' is a wise choice for any gardener. Not only will you have a beautiful plant that adds a delightful scent to your garden, but you'll also reap the benefits of its practical uses.