Think about next May...

Geum x chiloense 'Lady Strathenden'
My garden begins to really take on serious color in early May. I've been gradually shifting toward injecting more interest earlier in the season, and I've made some headway.

One genus I doubt I'll ever want to do without is Geum.

'Lady Strathenden' an oldie but goodie, is one of the few Geum cultivars that grows true from seed.

Another Geum that looks interesting for its lipstick-red double flowers is 'Blazing Sunset', because a true red is hard to find in a perennial plant.

A newcomer in the red Geum world is 'Flames of Passion', a low-grower at 12 - 15" tall.

Geum 'Mango Lassie'

I couldn't resist 'Mango Lassie', an adorable double with a host of sunset colors. I bought three plants last year from Digging Dog Nursery.

Another old favorite, Geum 'Georgenberg', is still highly-rated. In fact, it's the only cultivar offered at Sunshine Farm and Garden in West Virginia.

So what goes with apricot-hued flowers? Start with lamb's ear and work your way through the deepest or palest blue Salvias or perennial bachelor's buttons.

Geum 'Georgenberg'
 Mixing peach-colored flowers can be a bit of a challenge, but consider foliage plants like black mondo grass or deep-colored Heuchera like 'Obsidian'.

Call it peach, mango or cantaloupe, but whatever you call it, it's a mouthwatering shade to mix with a variety of May-blooming plants or some of the myriad foliage plants.

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