Monday, March 15, 2010

Chocolate Mint

This is the time of year when I spend time walking around the gardens looking for spots that need improvement. I don't like to see any bare ground which usually means having to put in more plants. Rather than going to the nursery and strolling through the aisles looking for candidates, I try to start in the garden itself, looking for what already does well. One of those plants in my garden is this scented geranium (pelargonium Chocolate Mint). Not only does it grow like crazy, it is ridiculously easy to propagate with cuttings. It does bloom, but the flowers are insignificant white blooms. I grow it for the blotchy foliage and the great scent. Yes, it does smell just like chocolate mint! It even grows in semi-shady areas, but it will lose the dark markings if it doesn't get enough sun. I have about a half-a-dozen new spots for it this year!

6 comments:

Lucy said...

I've not seen this before and am immediately struck by it. I like the smell of scented geranium too - but I'm finding it hard to introduce a chocolate scent into my imagination. I'll have to keep a watch out.

Lucy

Cyndy said...

I've never come across this one - it's lovely. I can think of a lot of places it would useful - the foliage reminds me of my jeepers creepers tiarella cordifolia.

Ami said...

Hmm, imagine a garden walk filled with chocolate scent. That will be very delicious!

Phillip said...

A friend gave me one of these plants and I love it.

Nishant said...

I'll have to keep a watch out.
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Nola @ the Alamo said...

Hi, Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I'm going through your posts, you have some beautiful plants! I've not seen this chocolate mint geranium, but I'll surely look for it!