Geum ‘Lionel Cox’
Geum ‘Lionel Cox’ provides some of the flounciest and largest blooms in all the lovely Geum family.
Large, ruffled, lemon blooms, flushed round the edges with soft peach, and in the centre with apple green.
These are elegant flowers indeed, proudly held in sprayed clusters 30cm. approx high.
As they flutter above dark green, tidy foliage clump, they are very eye-catching.
‘Lionel Cox is certainly a star performer for size, production, and sheer attractiveness.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section below for plant details, how / where to grow).
Decorative in garden & vase
‘Lionel Cox’ provides soft garden colour, as well cut flowers for small vases, over many months.
Even the silky seed heads are decorative.
Polite & perfect for a partly shaded garden
Geums are delightful, and very polite evergreen perennial clumps. So they are perfect for the front edge of a partly shaded garden, or underplanting beneath taller shrubs.
‘Lionel Cox’ certainly looks elegant underneath either yellow or white roses, and pretty enough for a feature container too.
Evergreen, downy foliage rosettes are neat and attractive all year round, so making the perfect front edge plant.
‘Lionel Cox’ can be planted in multiples if you would like to make a more extensive ground covering. Each plant will cover 20cm. approx.
A position in Part Shade; Dappled Sun and Shade; or Morning Sun is perfect for Geums. They certainly enjoy protection from the hot afternoon sun.
Given this, then they are hardy, trouble free and undemanding.
There is little to no maintenance work, because other than shearing off spent flower stems if you wish to tidy up, they are just there for you.
As well, they are not prone to any particular pests or diseases.
Very frost hardy
Geums thrive in soils that have been boosted with plenty of compost.
They do not need a lot of water, asking for only average, normal garden watering. But they dislike drying out for long periods, so they do need that water regularly.
Soil pH from acid to alkaline lime is acceptable to these easy going little charmers.
They are frost hardy to at least -10C.
Growing: Geum ‘Lionel Cox’
– Height with flowers: 30cm. clean flower stems above the flat rosette of downy foliage.
– Width: 20cm.
– Position: Part Shade; Dappled Sun and Shade; or Morning Sun. They certainly enjoy protection from the hot afternoon sun in all but the coolest districts.
– Soil: Thrive with additions of compost. Acid or alkaline is acceptable.
– Fragrance: None, but their cheerful colour and generous flowering makes you forget this.
– Frost: Very frost hardy in even severe frost areas.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial rosette.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and also butterflies love foraging among the flowers. Long and repeat blooming is a big help to our pollinator friends.
– Care: Very easy low maintenance.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Downy foliage seems to keep Geum low on the menu selection for rabbits and deer.
– Origin: Geum are widespread across the continents in the northern hemisphere, including Europe, North America and Asia. This testifies to the hardiness and adaptability of the Geums.