Geum makes a rosette of leaves at soil level and throws up tall, branching sprays with yellow, orange or red flowers. It is good for a sunny border and has become more popular again in recent years, having been largely forgotten and relatively neglected.

Its bright, brassy colour lost favour when the fashion was for pastel tones and white flowers. However, hot colour is back in vogue and these plants are ideal for use in a red or purple colour-themed border.