Day 141: Geum 'Totally Tangerine'

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


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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