Seriously long flowering (we’re talking May to October) brightly coloured and easy to grow, geums are one of the most underrated flowers in the garden! These wonderful little perennials come in a whole host of warm and summery shades. Low growing and abundantly blooming, they’re perfect for the front of beds or in mixed borders, especially if you are going for the wildflower meadow look.
Many geums come in warm, sunset tones (and even bicolours) - these make a lovely addition to the front or middle of a border. For a more informal look, plant them randomly amongst other low and medium growing plants. Geum rivale is a variety which grows well in waterlogged soil so it’s ideal for pond edges - the rest prefer a well draining site.
Planting schemes and partners
Where do I start? Geums make every planting scheme better. At around 50cm tall, they’re a great addition to more informal plantings including cottage, prairie, wildflower and meadow gardens. For a wild and wonderful look, team them with grasses, salvia, penstemon and gaura. Geums are also a good choice for filling (and spilling over) patio pots and planters.
Geums are trouble free plants, not even slugs bother them! Plant them in full sun or partial shade and keep deadheading them to get maximum flowers. It’s a good idea to divide your plants every three years to keep them healthy and vigorous. Water your geums well after planting and they’ll soon become drought tolerant.