Geum Pink Petticoats Ground Cover
Geum Pink Petticoats (Avens)
Geum Pink Petticoats is a delightful, highly floriferous, flamboyant compact ground cover perennial with a long season of interest. With rosettes of hairy, scalloped, fresh emerald green leaves from early Spring followed on dark pink tinged short upright stems by flowers that have layers of frilly peachy pink and orange with distinctive lemon centres June to September. 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. It’s no surprise this super plant has the RHS Award of Garden Merit for its reliable performance, stability of colour and form and good resistance to pests and diseases.
Low maintenance, Geum Pink Petticoats 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, Lychnis, Verbena or shorter Crocosmia. 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 Pink Petticoats ground cover will die back to ground level in Winter and fresh new growth will appear in Spring. They are happiest in full sun or partial shade, ideally in a cooler part of the garden, 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 Pink Petticoats 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 Pink Petticoats
Position: Full Sun, partial shade
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: 25cm and 30cm
Hardiness: Hardy once established
Aftercare: Water well until established, avoiding soil becoming waterlogged. Trim off any dead/straggly areas after flowering has finished. Divide clumps in early Spring or late Autumn