Geum forms dense, weed-smothering clumps at the front of the border, and in early summer wiry stems appear which bear the bright, bowl-shaped flowers. These blooms are about 1.5 in. across – single, semi-double or double and in shades of yellow, orange and red. It is an easy plant to grow, but will benefit greatly if you enrich the soil with compost or peat before planting, provide support for the stems and cut back to ground level once the flowering season is over. The popular varieties are short-lived – divide the clumps every few years.

VARIETIES: The popular species is G. chiloense (height 1-2 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: May-September). You will find a number of named varieties in catalogues and garden centres but two have remained strong favourites for many years – ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ fdouble scarlet) and “Lady Stratheden’ (double yellow). For a change try Fire Opal’ (flame). ‘Prince of Orange’ (orange) or Golden West’ (yellow) G. borisii (1 ft. orange) is useful for the front of the border – G. rivale (1 ft) is at home in boggy land.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do -thrives in sun or light shade.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds under glass in spring or divide clumps in autumn or spring.

G. psilostemon j

G. platypetalum

G. chiloense ‘Fire Opal’

G. chiloense Lady Stratheden’

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