Looking Good: Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’

Looking Good: Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’

As the season moves into late spring it’s getting harder to choose a highlight. We have lots of plants looking at their best right now, but this weekend we’ve picked Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’ – we have a sneaky feeling you might be seeing a lot of Geums this year at Chelsea… Also known as Avens, this low growing hardy perennial sets many beautiful red/orange, semi-double blooms to brighten up your spring border. It’s easy to look after – remove faded flower heads to encourage further flowering, and prune back hard after flowering to rejuvenate the foliage. It likes full sun or partial shade, in all soil types except dry. Geums flower from late spring through to late...
Looking Good: Zantedeschia aethiopica

Looking Good: Zantedeschia aethiopica

The rain we’ve had this week has been especially welcome for this week’s featured plant, Zantedeschia aethiopica, or as it’s more commonly known, the arum lily. It’s a very popular plant, which works well as a water plant in an aquatic basket, or in the moist soil near a pond or stream. The leaves are bright green, glossy, arrow-shaped and large, growing up to 40cm (16in) long. The trademark white flower heads make superb, cut flowers and are a wedding bouquet favourite. We have a selection of Zantedeschias in 1-, 2- or 3-litre pots, ranging from...