July Plant of the Month – Geum

Geums

Geum blooming in the garden. Totally Tangerine

Geums were once a severely overlooked plant, often used to plug the gaps in a cottage garden scheme. But then suddenly everyone started noticing new bright, zesty flowers colours appearing all the time at flower shows boasting spectacular long flowering times turning these beauties into stars in their own right.

 

Geum Mrs Bradshaw. One of the most popular and well-known varieties. Holds an RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Geum Mrs J. Bradshaw. One of the most popular and well-known varieties. Holds an RHS Award of Garden Merit.

POTM-AGM

 

A fantastically useful plant, they are disliked by slugs and snails so are very useful deterrents in the garden. Boasting disease free foliage with a neat compact habit and the pretty flowers, they are a great addition to any display. The evergreen/semi evergreen foliage with is excellent for smothering weeds making them very useful groundcover all year.

 

Geum Totally Tangerine. Multiple award winning Geum, featured regularly at the Chelsea flower show. New bright and zesty colours making them suitable to star in the garden instead of juts filling the gaps!
Geum Totally Tangerine. Multiple award winning Geum, featured regularly at the Chelsea flower show. New bright and zesty colours making them suitable to star in the garden instead of juts filling the gaps!

 

Each stem produces lots of buds that will flower in succession, giving you a long summer display. Good for cutting but get the most out of them in the garden first.

 

Geum chiloense Lady Stratheden
Geum chiloense Lady Stratheden

 

New bright and zesty colours making them suitable to star in the garden instead of juts filling the gaps!

 

Geums are perfect for attracting butterflies and bees.
Geums are perfect for attracting butterflies and bees.

Geums don’t tend to come true when seed raised, which is why there are lots of interesting crosses out there so a great variety on offer.

Cocktail Geums

This beautiful Cocktail range of pastel coloured Geums are great for growing in pots with their neat habits and mature height of just 30cm.

 

Planting

 

POTM-Planting

 

Position: There are three different groups of cultivars rivale, coccineum and chiloense. The rivale have nodding, bell-like flowers. They like moisture retentive soils and prefer to grow in shade or semi shade. Coccineum are an alpine plant, flowering well after a cold winter and have upward facing flowers. The choloense are tall, sturdy plants producing large double flowers and can tolerate full sun as well as semi shade.

Soil and propagation: Geums like moisture retentive soils and will benefit from an annual mulching. Low maintenance but if you divide them when they start to loose growth from the middle they will last much longer, bringing years of pleasure. You can also take cuttings from the base in early spring.

They may succumb to powdery mildew at the end of the summer, just remove any affected stems. Prune back hard after flowering to give the foliage a boost for the rest of the year.

Companion Plants

 

Geums are very popular for Cottage Garden style designs and work really well with lots of perennials. Featuring a few well places Dahlias amongst your Geums will make them more of a colourful backdrop to the main event. Make them pop by paring the red, yellow and gold tones of geums against purples from Alliums or Pulmonaria. You can enhance the golden shades by planting daisy like Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Coreopsis or Helenium.

Helenium Mixed

 

If you need good coverage in a shaded area why not try planting with Helleborus, which boast a similar stock of healthy evergreen foliage but will flower earlier in the year, giving you dashes of colour throughout the seasons as well as a constant lush green coverage.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *