Many of you who have been to my garden in summer have enjoyed the huge splash of color from daylilies, roses, and hydrangeas. But right now the Geums are exploding. Orange, red, peach, and yellow, they’re the first big wave of spring color, right on the heels of earlier spring-flowering Epimediums.
Beyond their adorable flowers that look like miniature roses, I love the Geums for their ability to adapt to my wetland garden. I’m thrilled that this spring’s deluges and standing water didn’t bother them at all.
I especially like the shorter varieties like ‘Mango Lassi’ and ‘Mai Tai’ for the edge of beds because their tidy leaves make a handsome frame even after they’ve finished flowering. Taller ‘Totally Tangerine’ and ‘Fireball’ look great towards the middle of a border. Because they tend to billow, they benefit from short supports like low wire fences, which are best stuck around the plant when it’s first emerging from the soil. I keep a good supply of these handy stakes to support Geums, Coreopsis, and other wide-spreading perennials.
Upcoming Events (please visit the websites for details and tickets)
Inviting Vines Garden Tour
Saturday May 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Raleigh Park Garden Tour
Saturday June 3rd, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(My garden is on this tour, along with eight more!)