“The semi-double blooms of ‘Lady Stratheden’ are golden yellow, saucer-shaped and like magnets to bees. This hybrid of the Chilean native, Geum chiloense, is easily grown from seed and offers an airy, old-fashioned look to the summer garden.
Throughout the year, this hardy, clump-forming perennial offers a low mound of fuzzy scalloped leaves. The foliage is evergreen in all but the coldest of winters. The flowers are large, semi-double and rise from tall, well-branched, wiry stems. They first appear in late spring, and if well cared for and deadheaded they will continue to bloom sporadically into fall. The blooms are followed by attractive fluffy seed heads.
Avens grows best in full sun or partial sun with some afternoon shade. It manages well in average garden loam with ample drainage. Plants can be short-lived if subjected to cold, wet soil conditions in winter. Healthy clumps should be divided every three to four years. Popular and easy to grow, ‘Lady Stratheden’ is grown for its lovely, old-fashioned blooms, so it is a great candidate for cottage gardens or any informal perennials border. Its flowers also compliment garden fresh flower arrangements.”
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Basket-of-gold – Brilliant yellow basket-of-gold planted in front of bright avens makes a bold color combination. Both enjoy similar soil conditions.
Iris – The upright sword-shape foliage of Siberian iris provides a good foil for the basal scalloped leaves of avens. Strong blue irises play off well against strong yellow or orange avens.
Calliopsis – Brilliant yellow coreopsis echoes or complements the bright hues of avens over a long bloom time. Several fine cultivars are available.