Pretty, pink and petite: Growing Pink Frills



Growing to a height of about 30 centimetres and spreading up to 40 centimetres wide, Nodding Avens (Geumrivale ‘Pink Frills’) forms a neat, low mound of soft, green foliage.  From spring and throughout the warmer months of the year, it displays dainty, soft pink, frilly, ‘nodding’ flowers, hence it’s common name.  

This evergreen perennial prefers a moist, organic-enriched, well-draining soil and a semi-shaded spot with protection from afternoon sun.   

Pink Frills looks stunning mass-planted as an edging along pathways or walls to soften hard surfaces and adds an elegant charm when planted as groundcover in rockeries and small gardens.

Low maintenance and easy to grow, Pink Frills doesn’t need to be pruned but removing old flowers encourages further flushes of beautiful blooms. To encourage vigorous growth, simply apply a slow-release fertiliser.

Good garden companions for Pink Frills are plantings of Princess Lilies (Alstroemeria ‘Pick Me Purple’) and Candytufts (Iberis ‘Winter Glow’).

Top gardening tips for September

- Repot indoor plants.Use a premium-grade potting mix marked with the Australian Standards guarantee. Fertilise all pot plants and hanging baskets, including those indoors, with some slow-release plant food.  

- Plant warm-season vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, zucchinis, pumpkin and eggplant. The small fruit size of the tomato variety, ‘Tiny Tim’, is matched by its convenient, compact growth. It’s perfect for gardens and pots, especially if space is limited.

- Prune winter-flowering shrubs and ornamental fruit trees as soon as they finish flowering. Deadhead annuals and perennials regularly to promote repeat flowering.

- Group similar, sun-loving herbs together.Thyme, oregano, marjoram and rosemary prefer to be kept on the dry side; basil, parsley, chives and dill require more water and fertiliser; and mint is best kept by itself in a damp, semi-shaded spot.


Judith Sleijpen

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