THE UR­BAN GAR­DENER

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Geum ‘Mai Tai’ You can still en­joy gar­den­ing even if you’ve only got a win­dow box. Here, Con­stance Craig Smith shows you how to grow your own geums

WHY GROW THEM?

Geums are re­li­able, have a long flow­er­ing pe­riod and come in won­der­ful colours. They also make good cut flow­ers. You can plant them any time.

VA­RI­ETIES

Geums can have sin­gle or dou­ble flow­ers. Try the ruf­fled ‘Pink Frills’, pale yel­low ‘Cream Drop’, bright red ‘Mrs J Brad­shaw’, or­ange ‘Dolly North’, vivid yel­low ‘Lady Strathe­den’, or the sub­tler shades of ‘Mai Tai’, a mix of peach, pink and yel­low, and pale or­ange ‘To­tally Tan­ger­ine’.

WHERE TO PLACE

Geums dis­like strong sun so plant in par­tial shade.

HOW TO GROW

Fill a large pot with good-qual­ity com­post and, if pos­si­ble, leaf mould. Wa­ter well and don’t let the plants dry out in warmer months. They’ll flower from early sum­mer till early au­tumn; dead-head­ing in­creases the flow­er­ing pe­riod.

AF­TER­CARE

Geums need lit­tle at­ten­tion. They can be left out­side all win­ter. The leaves will stay green but may look a bit tatty; if so, cut back the old leaves, be­ing care­ful not to dam­age the new ones.

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