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Geums are trouble-free plants – even deer and slugs aren’t interested in them. But, if grown in containers, they can be susceptible to vine weevil. Vine weevil damage is simple to detect. Adult weevils eat notches out of the foliage from spring to late summer. Vine weevil grubs eat the roots, often causing the plant to die. Burn affected plants or treat with nematodes. You can buy chemical vine weevil killers, but bear in mind that these are systemic pesticides that harm bees – remove all flowers from the plant up to six months after applying. We all have had a flower. I, for instance, have a heather plant with a home-made cardboard pot that takes up a lot of available space. The small, green stalks and leaves burst with color, and a cheerful, sweet smell wafts through the air. The plant is sitting right next to me, in a pot made of pressed cork. On the left is a small vase of flowers, looking to be just starting to enter a blossom of some sort.
There are over 50 species of Geum or Avens, but all have attractive, divided dark green leaves and small, bright 5 petaled flowers. Avens grow best in cool climates, and while they tolerate dry soil, they prefer moist but well-drained soils. They can die if exposed to wet winter soils. They grow in full sun to partial shade but can struggle with the heat and humidity of southern summers. Yearly division is necessary to keep plantings vigorous. Deadhead flowers to encourage more bloom but leave some spent blooms on as seed heads are attractive fluffy plumes. Does well planted in masses in borders or rock gardens, and the leafy green foliage makes a nice groundcover after bloom.commonly called avens, is a genus of about 50 species of rhizomatous perennial herbaceous plants in the rose family and its subfamily Rosoideae, widespread across Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, and New Zealand.
They are closely related to Potentilla and Fragaria. From a basal rosette of leaves, they produce flowers on wiry stalks, in shades of white, red, yellow, and orange, in midsummer. Geum species are evergreen except where winter temperatures drop below 0 °F (−18 °C).Plant allium bulbs around geums in autumn and you’ll be glad you did come early summer. Their lollipop heads will bob above the airy geum foliage to create a bold floral scene to be proud of. The geums will hide the allium foliage, which quickly turns an unsightly yellow as it dies down after flowering.Heat up your early summer flower border with geum. Occasionally called avens, geum produces quantities of eye-popping red-orange flowers on tall, wiry stems. This rugged perennial is a snap to grow in almost any sunny location. Geum is also prized for its clumps of low, dark green leaves that add interest and color even when the plants are not in bloom. Geum grows 18 to 24 inches tall and the flowers will attract butterflies to your garden. The blooms also make good cut flowers. Hardy from zones 3-7. (Source: www.costafarms.com)