31 MarHeat Tolerant Scented Geraniums For Desert Dwelling Gardeners

Pelargonium ionidiflorum (celery scented geranium) blooms almost nonstop.
Pelargonium ionidiflorum (celery scented geranium) blooms almost nonstop.

Desert dwelling gardeners face a daunting array of problems. Triple digit temperatures, high winds, low humidity all create difficult challenges. Zonal geraniums have a rough time in the Las Vegas summer. What about the scenteds? Good news: Many scented geraniums live happily with our weather extremes.

I thought a list of the most heat tolerant and trouble free would be useful. Everything on this list I have grown for over a year in Southern Nevada. They perform well with only the basic care – no special treatment. (Basic care is defined as water, fertilizer, repotting as needed and half day of sun.) This list is not meant to be definitive and will most certainly grow longer in the future.

Heat Tolerant Scented Geraniums For Desert Gardeners:

Which worthy, hardworking young scented geraniums will make it to the Heat Tolerant List next? What pitfalls await them? Which scented geraniums have been “deselected” from the List? And why, why, why? You’ll read it all here first.

28 MarEarly Bloomer: Nutmeg Scented Geranium

Nutmeg Scented Geranium is always one of the first to bloom in the spring.
Nutmeg Scented Geranium is always one of the first to bloom in the spring.

Nutmeg geranium is one of the early spring bloomers. Another tiny white flower, too. I’m watching for seedheads. The leaves have a soft velvety texture.

Pelargonium x fragrans 'Nutmeg'
Pelargonium fragrans ‘Nutmeg’

25 MarGeranium Blog Set For Wild Gardening Frenzy

A is for Apple Scented Geranium
A is for Apple Scented Geranium

I’m completely manic with new geranium projects this spring:

  • Set up fluorescent light for rooting and seed growing
  • Super tough scented geraniums – I’m developing a list of scented geraniums that gardeners in desert cities can count on. Stay tuned for these sizzling recommendations.
  • My little online store is now operational. Drop by Sunshine Hill Gardens for scented geranium seeds and cuttings. I’ve got canna rhizomes, too!
  • Scented geranium leaf gallery – ’nuff said.
  • In the name of better organization, some of the articles on Scented Geraniums will be moving to the Geranium Blog over the next few days.
  • Plus more, more, MORE preying mantids, deformed vegetables, desert tortoise antics, new scented geraniums and lovely pictures.

Pelargonium odoratissimum (apple) is one of the first to bloom each spring.
Pelargonium odoratissimum (apple) is one of the first to bloom each spring.

12 MarAmaryllis Fun

(L to R) Christmas Star, Picotee, Royal Velvet Amaryllises
(L to R) Christmas Star, Picotee, Royal Velvet Amaryllises

I grew four varieties of amaryllis this winter. Somehow I missed getting a picture of Pink Surprise. It was extraordinarily beautiful, I promise you. Sorry you missed it.

Christmas Star was a heavy bloomer, short and neat
Christmas Star was a heavy bloomer, short and neat

Picotee - Where's the beef?
Picotee – Where’s the beef?

Picotee is reputed to have a purple picotee edge on the flowers. What a bunch of malarkey! It has a light pink picotee edge and stands in nicely for a white amaryllis. I am still enthusiastic about Picotee. It is strong and tall and already producing babies.

Royal Velvet is exactly like it's name!
Royal Velvet is exactly like it’s name!

02 Nov75 Gnomes

01 NovBizarre Mystery Pods Turn Out To Be…

Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila) with fruit
Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila) with fruit

Last week my husband found two strange hollowish green pods in the rose garden. We could not imagine what they were or where they came from. This afternoon we were sitting on the patio, looked up and saw them hanging from the creeping fig on the wall. HA! We’ve been growing this vine for about ten years. It’s never made fruit before, nor did anyone notice it flowering.

26 SepMedusa Keeps Jumping In Front Of The Camera

Medusa Peppers
Medusa Peppers

Medusa is putting on a spectacular color show. Still blooming and making new peppers, too.

22 SepTournament Of Ornamental Peppers: Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili is blooming heavily and starting to produce little narrow peppers.
Chilly Chili is blooming heavily and starting to produce little narrow peppers.

Chilly Chili is much taller than Medusa. It is just now starting to bloom and make peppers. I think it is showing a lot of promise.

A praying mantis is living in Chilly Chili.
A praying mantis is living in Chilly Chili.

17 SepTournament of Ornamental Peppers: Bolivian Rainbow Peppers

Bolivian Rainbow Pepper
Bolivian Rainbow Pepper

16 SepTournament Of Ornamental Peppers: Medusa

Medusa peppers are thick on low growing bushes.
Medusa peppers are thick on low growing bushes.

Medusa seems to be an overachiever among ornamental peppers. Her rivals, Chilly Chili and Bolivian Rainbow, have yet to reach this level of productivity. (More about that tomorrow.)

Close-up of Medusa peppers
Close-up of Medusa peppers

Medusa’s little peppers are sweet and edible. They start out whitish green and change to yellow, orange and red. The bushes grow about 8 inches tall with a low, spreading habit.

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