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- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: August and September
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection in cold areas)
Reliably putting on a dazzling show in the garden with their vividly coloured, funnel-shaped flowers, crocosmias make fine additions to mixed or herbaceous borders, as well as more naturalised planting schemes, where they associate well with other late-flowering perennials and ornamental grasses. The corms should be planted 8 - 10cm deep in a sunny spot, where the soil is reasonable rich and reliably moist, but not waterlogged in summer. They will also grow in lightly shaded positions, however they tend not flower as profusely.
One collection comprises 10 corms each of:
Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Carmin Brillant'
Wiry branching stems rise above the foliage in summer carrying red buds which open to yellow-throated, carmine-red flowers. Their strap-shaped leaves are also attractive and provide a vertical accent. Grows up to 60cm.
Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'George Davison'
One of the earliest montbretias into bloom each year, this cultivar produces arched branching stems of large, pale yellow flowers that are flushed with orange, above loose clumps of strap-shaped green leaves. Grows up to 1.2m.
Masses of bright red flowers are produced along the top of the slightly arching spikes in midsummer. Perfect for planting in big, bold swathes through ‘hot’ themed borders, the flowers are also excellent for cutting. Grows up to 1.2m.
- Garden care: Plant the corms (bulbs) in spring approximately 8-10cm (3-4in) deep and 10-15cm (4-6in) apart. Resist removing the faded foliage in autumn and cover the crown of the plant with bracken or bark chips to protect the plant against frost damage. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring, planting the divided sections 8-10cm (3-4in) deep. They can also be grown in pots if kept well watered, where their elegant foliage will splay out forming an attractive shape.