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May's plant of the month at suburban-garden is the glowing Geum 'Moonlight Serenade' where creamy-yellow flowers float above silver-haired stems and leaves. A real gem for brightening up shady borders.

Quick facts

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Introduced by East of Eden nursery, Geum 'Moonlight Serenade' is a relatively compact geum that grows best in full sun or partial shade. This geum prefers moist but well-drained soil, so anyone with clay soil may find it easier to plant geums in pots full of rich compost and sand to aid drainage. Just watch out for vine weeviles if growing in pots.

 

Geums benefit from division every three years and may repeat flower, during the summer, if flower heads are cut back after spring. Really easy, low-maintenence, free-flowering plant. Good for attracting bees and wildlife.

 

Geum 'Moonlight Serenade' works well with Heuchera 'Silver Dollar' PVR; blue, purple and yellow aquilegias; Primula ' Tie Dye'; Hosta 'Blue Angel' or 'Devon Green' and Stipa tenuissma. I am really capitvated by this geum's gentle, yet luminous cream colour that fades to almost white. A perfect plant for any informal or cottage garden setting.

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Family: Rosaceae

Average height: 0.3m

Average spread: 0.45m

Flowers between: Apr - Jun

Soil type: fertile, moist

Sun/shade: Full sun/partial shade

Hardiness: Hardy

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