Geum ‘Blazing Sunset’: Its double, brick-red blooms are much bigger than more run-of-the-mill geums, and they keep on coming from June to September.
What is it? Geums are a conundrum: why aren’t these easy-going hardy perennials more popular? Let’s hope this one wins your heart. It should: its double, brick-red blooms are much bigger than more run-of-the-mill geums, and they keep on coming from June to September. Height and spread 60cm x 60cm.
Plant it with? The dark red foliage of Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’ sets off a clump or three of ‘Blazing Sunset’ beautifully, or weave it through grasses such as orange New Zealand sedge (Carex testacea). If you want a bold statement, plant with sulphur-yellow achilleas and a contrasting geum such as ‘Double Sunrise’.
And where? Full sun is the main requirement: avoid soils that are boggy in winter and add compost or well-rotted manure on planting, particularly if soil is at either end of the clay/sandy spectrum.
Any drawbacks? Although the fuzzy foliage is evergreen, it can start to look scrappy. In late winter or early spring, remove dead leaves to make way for new ones, and cut back hard after flowering is finished to rejuvenate the plant once more. And it’s worth noting that double flowers aren’t so great for pollinators.
What else does it do? This is a gem of a cut flower, with wiry stems that make for easy cutting.
Buy it Order 12 plug plants for £9.99, or 24 for £14.98 (including free UK mainland p&p). Call 0330 333 6856, quoting ref GU187. Or visit our Reader Offers page. Supplied as plug plants. Delivery late April to May.