Scented geraniums make wonderful houseplants if you have a sunny window. Historically geraniums (pelargoniums, not true geraniums) were one of the first plants to be grown inside. They are easy to grow and so cheerful. I have a bit of a thing for scented geraniums; how could I resist plants that smell like roses or lemons or apples or mint...? I can't.
And while we're on the topic of the mint scented geranium... It has velvety soft leaves and will thrive even if it doesn't get as much sun as other geraniums demand, making it the easiest to grow. At Christmas when my brother, who is not much of a plant person, was visiting he stood stroking the mint geranium's leaves and asked "What IS this plant?"
It just begs to be petted; it is SO soft and smells so good.
During the winter, scented geraniums may start to look a little scraggly. They usually have a few dead or yellow leaves and their growth will get a little leggy with the decreased light. It's simple to get them back into shape and at this time of year that task is a perfect antidote to winter.
I took my plants into the kitchen and pulled off all the dead and yellow leaves. This is a delightful job because the leaves smell wonderful and all that touching brings out their fragrance. Next I did some pruning. The leggy growth? I cut it off. Any bits that I cut off that had long enough stems I put in water to try to root (I remove the leaves near the bottom of each stem first). I have never had success rooting geraniums directly in soil, but plop them in a jar of water and eventually they'll form roots. Once they have enough roots, I'll plant them in soil.
They look pretty in the window until then.
After pruning, I thoroughly soaked them in the kitchen sink before returning them to their places in the windows.
If it's cold and wintry where you are, I hope you're finding your own antidotes to the weather.