The Greek name for this genus, which means “to give a taste of,” only hints at the flavor of happiness it brings to our garden. The cheerful flowers are held on sturdy stems above attractive basal clumps of fuzzy leaves. Given good drainage and ample moisture, these robust perennials thrive with minimal care.
Named for a stream bank on his Yorkshire property, British TV gardening host Geoffrey Smith developed this flamboyant semidouble hybrid by presumably crossing Geum rivale and Geum ‘Borisii’. Situated atop hirsute mahogany-hued stems, the pointed deep red buds reveal large, open, bowl-shaped copper-pink flowers, flaunting overlapping goffered petals, yellow and cocoa-colored bosses plus dark calyces. ‘Bell Bank’s winsome, low growing rosette of scalloped, compact bright green foliage makes a vigorous, nearly evergreen addition to east-facing alcoves with protection from hot afternoon sun.
Size: 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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