GEUM RIVALE 'LEMON DROPS'
From a compact clump of wrinkled leaves arise short hairy stems holding the palest greeny-lemon nodding bells, which open from late spring to early summer and yet again in autumn. Although it performs best in moist soils, it will grow happily in the driest, sunniest spot in your garden. The original "Lemon Drops" was a chance hybrid seedling, with presumably some of the blood of Geum avens, from Beth Chatto's wonderful Essex garden, and these seedlings may have the slightest bit of variation but all will be lovely.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.