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Tuesday
Sep162014

Geums - plant some of these!

Geums have a color palette that complements just about any garden.  They're colorful, cheerful and easy to grow, with flowers that remind you a little of strawberry plants.  The rosette-shaped flowers are generally borne on long stems, rising above the thick clump of semi-evergreen foliage that creates a welcome, fresh presence in spring.

Yellows and oranges with some reds and apricots, their color palette is soft enough not to take center stage, but interesting enough to make you look twice.  Most geums require a soil that does not become too dry during summer, and they don’t mind a certain amount of shade.

 

'Flames of Passion' -  flowers vary from single to semi-double, from non-frilly to frilly, with lovely soft coral orange/pink flowers that are held above a dense clump of light green leaves. Flowers from April to June.

Geum X 'Flames of Passion'

'Mango Lassi' - This nice plant has small, semi-double yellow flowers that are heavily stained with red rendering them soft orange. The flowers are held on short stems above a mound of mid-green, evergreen leaves.  This cultivar was discovered by Grace Dinsdale on her nursery in Oregon as a sport of the single yellow flowered geum ‘Georgenberg’.  Flowers May to July.

Geum 'Mango Lassi'

'Totally Tangerine' - a soft orange in late spring that pulls together the purples and whites.  Flowers May - June, then sporadically in fall if you deadhead it.  

Geum 'Totally Tamgerine'

 'Mai Tai' - A new variety with open semi-double soft apricot flowers with neatly ruffled petals that form a rosette on short, branched stems. Raised by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens in the USA.  Flowers from May until July.

Geum 'Mai Tai'

'Prinses Juliana' is a new introduction with semi-double bright orange flowers.  Blooms April - June.

Geum 'Prinses Irene'

'Mrs J Bradshaw' - is a red cultivar - not red like crocosmia 'Lucifer', but still red enough to contrast with purple and make yellow stand out.  Blooms May - June.

Geum 'Mrs J Bradshaw'

'Lemon Drops' - is a cultivar of Geum rivale, so its flowers are more nodding than some of the other cultivars.  Its a beautiful shade of yellow, and short - growing to only 9 inches.  Flowers May - July.

Geum 'Lemon Drops''Beech House Apricot'  is a low-grower that flowers from May - July and can make itself right at home in the front of the border - only 8 inches tall.

Geum 'Beech House Apricot'

 

 

 

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