Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Counting on Crocosmias

These late summer blooming plants are becoming exceedingly popular and more widely grown. Thought to be somewhat weedy, now many are seeking out specific name cultivars as their intense warm hues light up a perennial border like no other at this time of year.

Here are three favorites in full bloom now at Landwave:

Crocosmia 'His Majesty'

Crocosmia 'His Majesty'
Can rival the popular 'Lucifer' in terms of height (3.5-4ft tall), but the flowers are exceptionally larger. I got this cultivar from Kelly and Sue at Far Reaches Farm earlier this summer and I loved the description, so I decided to try it. I had it placed where a stunning blue Agapanthus was in fully bloom as well.

'George Davison'

Crocosmia 'George Davidson'
An electric yellow orange that lights up the foreground of a hot summer perennial border. A classic variety that stands about 1.5 to 2 ft.

Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie'

Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie'
A strikingly dramatic cultivar that is always eye-catching because of its deep orange blossoms and blood-red blotch in the centers. Stands almost 2ft. in height and deserves more attention towards its large and unusually colored petals.

Of course there are many others in existence, these three impressed me the most and with the exception of 'His Majesty', 'George Davison' and "Emily" are readily available and worth seeking out come spring when their corms are available. A few nurseries will carry them blooming now in containers!



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