Day 27: wood avens

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

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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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