(Avens) Geums are colourful, cheerful and easy-to-grow. The flowers remind me of the strawberry plant; pretty and simply shaped, some produce dangling cup-shaped bells while others raise their heads revealing perfect rosettes. The larger, rosette-shaped flowers are generally carried on long stems and come from the Geum chiloense side of the family, whereas shorter bell-shaped flowers are often of Geum rivale, a native damp soil dweller. There are many other species of geums, mix them up and you get a wonderful range of plants.
Whether the flowers are red, yellow, orange or a blend of all Geums require a soil that does not become baked hard during summer, and they don’t mind a certain amount of shade.
Geums raised from G. rivale are native to the UK, and can be found growing moist or boggy soils. This is also the case for all other Geums, but the types such as G. ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ will cope with dryer, well-drained soils. They are happy in sun or partial shade.
If your geums dry out during hot summers they are easily revived with a good watering. I try to cut the flower stems back once the flowers have faded to encourage more blooms and prevent new seedlings from germinating – unless this is what you want of course (just be aware geums are promiscuous and hybridise easily).
Dividing: when they gets too big.
Spring flowering plants
Short colourful plants