A few years ago, I was in Gordon Phillip’s Indiana Greenhouse and I brushed by this pretty plant. What was that wonderful smell? That was the day I discovered the Citronella Geranium – a plant that helps naturally repel mosquitoes. Gordon generously offered to send plants to me in Greenwich. Now, Jerry and I sit on our back terrace, surrounded by these geraniums in our own magical – mosquito free area. (Sometimes, I give the plants a shake and take a leaf to rub on my skin).

I keep the plants in pots so they can be taken inside in the winter. They respond well to pruning and they make nice bouquets for the picnic table.photo 2

Good news – Kathy Augustin offered to take cuttings from my Indiana Geraniums and now she is selling these plants – with good Indiana roots – in her farm shop.

For Citronella plants:

In Greenwich – stop by the Augustine Farm:1332 King Street

In Indiana – stop by Gordon Phillip’s Greenhouse: 8955 East State Road 28, Frankfort

-Carolyn