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Avens, also called geum, cheer up the landscape with its red, orange, and yellow blossoms for several weeks in spring and early summer. Low-mounding dark green foliage blankets the soil below the tall, airy flowers, providing year-round interest.
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Cottage Garden Favorite
Wispy stems and flowers resembling pom-poms make avens a charming plant to include in casual, color-packed gardens. Plant it alongside other cottage-garden picks, such as bellflower, daisy, heuchera, dame's rocket, delphinium, foxglove, dianthus, hollyhock, and hydrangea.
Avens' light and airy growth habit also complements textures often found in rock gardens, where the quick-draining soil suits this plant's preferences. Several clumps of this spring-flowering perennial make a bold show of color, or take it back a notch by using it in random spots.
Avens Care Must-Knows
Avens grows best in full sun to part shade in rich, well-drained soil. Soggy soil in winter can be fatal. Improve the drainage of a soggy site prior to planting, or plant this perennial in a raised-bed garden. Give it afternoon shade in climates with hot summer climates. The intense heat and humidity of the Deep South is problematic, so don't plant it south of Zone 7.
Plant nursery-grown plants or transplant existing ones in spring and water regularly through the first growing season to develop a strong root system. Divide plants in spring every two years to promote vigor. The divisions will grow and thrive better than a single, three-year-old clump. Snip spent flowers as often as possible to promote reblooming, but consider leaving a few to develop into attractive fluffy seed heads.