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  • Writer's pictureOrsula Adler

The Red of the Spring

Geum 'Mrs Bradsaw' is a herbaceous perennial, the plant that has everything we would love to see in a garden: looks brilliant, long flowering season, maintenance free and hardy.

Geum 'Mrs Bradshaw' starts to flower from April (I had some in March if you have a sheltered garden) until late summer. It is on of the first ones of the season.

You have to keep just two thing is mind:

1. place in a sunny border

2. deadhead it sometimes to generate growing of new flowering stems

This beauty is very responsive on division, loves to be divided every 2-3 years, this is done either in autumn or early spring.

It is ideal for perennial borders, butterfly gardens, rock garden, cottage gardens or containers/pots.

Geum 'Mrs Bradsaw' attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and bees - it is a very useful plant for bees, first ones can keep them busy in the spring

Some growing tips Geums like a fertile soil enriched with organic matter which won't dry out too much in summer. Full sun is the best position for it. It is lovely as a border plant, leaves are 10-15 cm tall, but the flowering stems are 60-70 cm. They look just amazing in wind especially if they are planted with Stipa tenuissima and Dianthus carthusianorum. Other mixing options: Potentilla 'Gibson's Scarlet', Euphorbia griffithii 'Dixter'. I would also try with Campanula persicifolia 'Takion White' - a lovely contrast: white and bright red on slightly different layers.


Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’ is a part of Rosaceae family, genus: Geum, are rhizomatous perennials, produces semi-double red flowers with a rich scarlet red colour.



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