Geum 'Lady Stratheden' - Avens
30 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
This plant forms a low clump of coarse green leaves, with branching stems of sunny yellow, semi-double blooms held high above its foliage. This makes this plant a striking feature in the garden as the flowers seem to appear from nowhere adding dramatic pops of colour. Remove faded flowers regularly to encourage more buds. Plants may be pruned back hard after blooming, to rejuvenate the foliage. Clumps should be divided every 3 to 4 years in spring or autumn. Grows to a height of 60cm and is evergreen.
Geums are excellent cut flowers. Flowers appear on long airy stems, ideal for adding interest to floral arrangements. For the longest lasting cut flowers, pick when blooms are half open. You can also use these plants for floral arrangements when they have developed their seed pods. No special conditioning is required for their use and you can expect between 5 to 7 days vase life.
Sow seeds in autumn in a light compost mix to a depth of 5mm. These seeds will need a cold spell to break dormancy and to start the germination process. If you don't live is a cool area, place the seeds in the fridge for six week prior to planting out. Grow seedlings onto a good size before planting out.