Day 27: wood avens

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


The best way to see wood avens (Geum urbanum) is in large colonies illuminated by dappled light beneath a woodland canopy, where their handsome mid-green foliage counters perfectly the small, yellow flowers and star-shaped seedheads held aloft on wiry stems. Less enjoyable is realising they’ve colonised the borders in your garden – they seed prodigiously, overwinter as low rosettes and bulk up quickly in the spring. Thankfully, they’re not deep rooted, and surprisingly satisfying to extract from the soil. Choose a more cultivated variety, like Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ or the beautiful species Geum rivale

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