The leaves and flowers of scented geraniums are edible. Thanks to the essential oils in their leaves, they lend not only decorative touches but also a fine aroma to meat dishes, salads and desserts. Varieties with a lemon aroma add zest to salads, sorbets or tea.
Many grow near streams in their native habitats, but generally ‘less is more’ is a good guideline for watering these plants. They do not like to be damp at all.
Plant in a sunny area and keep soil moist. Pruning off the tallest flowers as soon as possible will encourage foliage growth and keep the plant going strong. The leaves should be picked when the plant reaches 6 to 8 inches tall. When harvest early in the morning, the leaves are juicer because it’s when the concentration of aromatic oils are at their highest.
Marjoram is a shrub-like herb that looks very similar to oregano, so similar in fact, that the two are often mistaken for each other. It has a sweet flavor. The sweetness is mixed with hints of pine and citrus.
Water regularly, but do not overwater.
Keep plants trimmed by cutting the leaves throughout the growing season.
When flower buds appear, cut the plants back low to the ground to stimulate new growth.