I really, really, really love this plant. It is something about the screaming orange flowers that excites me more than is strictly decent. I spend a lot of time sneaking them into clientsâ€™ gardens, especially those clients who specifically say, “I donâ€™t like orange”. (Nobody has complained yet!)
There are three main geums. In order of grandeur there is ‘Mrs Bradshawâ€™ (who is red), ‘Lady Strathedenâ€™ (yellow) and this one. (There are, of course others but that is a pretty good start.)
If you are nervous of orange flowers, plant them with blue. The colours complement each other perfectly.
Long flowering (a burst in about May and then occasionally through the summer). Scrambles a little through neighbouring shrubs.
Can get smothered by overenthusiastic neighbours.