Day 141: Geum 'Totally Tangerine'

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

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Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ is everywhere, and has been for the past few years. Sometimes people can get a bit snooty about a plant cliché (I’ve heard the Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ disparaged for its popularity), but normal humans like you or I aren’t being judged by the originality of our planting. As such, we’re able to languish in that contentment that comes from knowing that a ubiquitous plant is almost certainly a “good do-er” – which means, green-fingered or black-thumbed, you’d have to plant the thing upside-down for it not to be a raging success in your garden. This geum starts flowering now and carries on for months, unfussy and trouble-free, so if you’ve a marginally sunny spot and aren’t averse to splashes of orange dancing in the breeze, you should probably get one and see what all the fuss is about.

For a celebration of orange in the garden, including ‘Totally Tangerine’, see Orange is the happiest colour


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