THE URBAN GARDENER
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.
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.
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.