At first I resisted the cultivars that had been developed from the ~50 Geum species, but the neat rosettes of leaves and the frilly bright flowers that have been developed from them wore me down.
My first cultivated Geums were grown from seed, the bright red double Mrs. Bradshaw-
This is my present Geum border, just getting started opening blooms, the seed-grown varieties are taller and have larger sized blooms and therefore more visual impact than the varieties sold as plants-
Then I grew a couple more from seed that were even more double, which are blooming for the first time this year, the red double frilly Blazing Sunset,
And double frilly yellow Lady Stratheden-
I'm finding an explosion of Geum varieties in nurseries lately, some of these have neatly rounded leaves more appealing than the species. Last year I finally succumbed to Cooky,
Queen of Orange
Mango Lassi which has delicate shading on the edges of the petals-
And this year, Totally Tangerine-
This year I have seen a darker red, not as bright and with smaller flowers, Flames of Passion, and a gorgeous plant with astounding numbers of bloom stalks that trailed so had a hanging basket kind of look, the yellow buds opening to a delightful peachy pink with coral highlights, Mai Tai.
There is another native North American species with an interesting seed head like a puff of pinkish smoke, Geum triflorum, Prairie Smoke, which I haven't grown as yet.
I've had a little trouble with deer nibbling the bright red flowers but it is rather hit or miss. My new bed is behind fencing.
So if you want a perennial that seems to have some staying power, and will brighten up your garden, try a Geum. They do like cooler summers, or more shade in hotter climates.