Geum Lady Stratheden Ground Cover
Geum Lady Stratheden (Avens)
Geum Lady Stratheden is a delightful ground cover perennial with a long season of interest. With rosettes of hairy, scalloped, fresh green leaves from early Spring followed by semi-double, vivid yellow flowers on arching stems from June to August. This cheerful perennial brightens up a sunny garden border. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage a fresh flush of ongoing blooms. Bees love Geums as every long wiry stem produces multiple flowers for them to feast on.
Low maintenance, Geum Lady Stratheden will complement most gardens from a cottage style informal layout to more architectural planting schemes, ideal for the front or middle of a border partnered with hellebores, Hardy Geraniums, Verbena or shorter Crocosmia for a ‘hot’ bed effect. They are also very effective planted in pots on the terrace or balcony – just remember to keep them well watered. Simply deadhead spent flowers to encourage a second, or even third flowering!
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Geum Lady Stratheden ground cover will die back to ground level in Winter and fresh new growth will appear in Spring. They are happiest in full sun and require moist but well-drained soil. They will not thrive in soil that becomes waterlogged. To maintain them simply cut back any tatty or brown foliage from the previous year in early Spring and divide any clumps that become congested in early Spring or late Autumn.
As a rough guide when planting Geum Lady Stratheden as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
How to grow Geum Lady Stratheden
Position: Full Sun
Foliage: Perennial, leaves appear from Spring with flowers following in early Summer through to mid-late Autumn
Soil and site: Fertile and well drained
Flowering time: Early Spring to Autumn
Growth rate: Fast
Ultimate height and spread: 60cm and 45cm