Every country cottage has at least one “porch plant” gotten as a start from someone else’s garden. This classic old Pelargonium, often called geranium, is tough, drought resistant, tolerates a wide range of conditions, and is easy to grow from cuttings.
Few plants offer so much sensory appeal as scented geraniums. The group includes a wide variety of foliage forms and plant sizes. Flowers tend to be smaller than traditional bedding plant geraniums. When crushed or rubbed, scented geranium leaves release their volatile oils. Fragrances include citrus blends, rose, peppermint, nutmeg, apple and cinnamon. The lemon scented varieties seem to possess the strongest skeeter-repelling characteristics. Scented geraniums make beautiful container plants. In cold zones, move plants indoors for winter or root cuttings to keep plants alive until spring.
Count on this geranium, 'Calliope Lavender Rose', for mounding/trailing color all summer long. A cross between a zonal and an Ivy geranium, it does well in low-light---even just four hours of sun a day. Move it indoors, to a cool, bright location, when the temperatures drop. When spring returns, move it back into your garden.
Fallen leaves mixed with hosta, coleus, Rozanne geraniums, heucheras, ferns and long-lasting annual flowers make a glorious tapestry in your fall garden, says Jan Johnsen, a New York-based landscape designer.
Under street trees, replace resource-hogging plants with low-care groundcover plants, such as Geranium Macrorrhizum, or bigroot geranium, suggests Evelyn J. Hadden, author of "Hellstrip Gardening" (April 2014, Timber Press).