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Crocosmia (Montbretia), native to South Africa are instantly recognisable by their sword-shaped leaves. They provide structure at the back of borders  and act as a foil for other plants particulary in the late summer, although they may need staking back. Crocosmias are decidous.

 

These plants grow from corns which multiply into chains. Some varieties of crocosmia will spread quickly but most cultivars are not invasive like the species. Crocosmias prefer sunny positions in fertile soil that does not dry out but will also cope well in partial shade. However they dislike waterlogged soil.  Leave dead foliage on until March and then cut back hard. This protects the plants against frost but I've not really had any problems with the hardiness of these crocosmias.

 

Clumps can be divided in the autumn (to avoid damaging new corns in the spring) however splitting up crocosmias is not usually necessary as new corns will just grow onto the old corns .

Crocosmia 'Emberglow' £5.00 

(1.5ltr pot available for collection only)

 

Dark red downward-facing flowers from August to September. Large, flat flower-heads. Plant in well-drained, moist soil in either sun or partial shade. Height: 1.2m and spread: 45cm. Hardy.  

 

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Crocosmia 'Jupiter' £4.50

(9cm pot available now)

 

Upturned soft orange flowers with a burgundy stripe down the middle. Flowers from July to August. Prefers well-drained, moist soil in sun or partial shade. Height 75cm and spread 50cm. Hardy.  

 

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Crocosmia 'Malahide' ('Comet') £4.00

(9cm pot available now)

 

Large orangey-yellow flowers streaked red. Old variety from Malahide Castle. Flowers between July and August. Plant in well-drained, moist soil in either sun or partial shade. Height 75cm and spread 50cm. Hardy.  

 

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Crocosmia 'Mount Usher' £4.00

(9cm pot available now)

 

Dainty yellow-lemon, outward-facing flowers. Strong, upright grower. Flowers from August to September. Prefers well-drained, moist soil in either full sun or partial shade. Height 75cm and spread 45cm. Hardy.  

 

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Crocosmia 'Zeal Tan' £3.50

(9cm pot available now)

 

Big, deep tan-red flowers with a yellow throat that face outwards. Flowers from July to September. This is a compact and low-growing, hardy plant that does well in well-drained soil, in either sun or partial shade. Height 75cm and spread 45cm.

Crocosmia x pottsii 'Culzean Pink' £3.50

(9cm pot available now)

 

Found at Culzean Castle, Ayrshire. Soft orange flowers with a hint of pink that darken as they age. Narrow, green leaves. Flowers from August to September. Robust plant. Does well in well-drained soil, in either sun or partial shade. Height 1m and spread 75cm. Hardy.

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Lady Hamilton' £4.00 (9cm pot available now)

 

Soft apricot flowers with a darker circle and bronze dots in the centre above narrow leaves. Flowers reliably from August to October. Named and introduced by George Davison in 1906. This plant does well in well-drained soil, in either sun or partial shade. Height 90cm and spread 45cm. Hardy

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Jackanapes' £3.50 

(9cm pot sold out)

 

Dwarf variety bearing small alternate petals of red and orange in August. Really think these are gorgeous. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Grows to a height of 40cm and spread is around 30cm. Hardy.

Crocosmia 'Philippa Browne' £4.00

(9cm pot sold out)

 

Large orange-red flowers between July and September. Plant in a sunny place in fertile soil that does not dry out and is not too hot. Grows to a height of around 80cm and spread of 45cm and is hardy.

Crocosmia 'Paul's Best Yellow' £4.00/£5.00

(9cm pot available now; 1.5ltr pot available for collection only)

 

Large outward-facing golden-yellow blooms on arching stems above a clump of green decidous grasses. Vigorous grower and can reach a height of 1.2m. Has a spread of around 75cm. Flowers between July and September. Really easy to grow and prefers full sun in well-drained soil. Suitable for cutting. Hardy.

Crocosmia 'Hellfire' £4.50 

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Large dark red flowers without any orange-yellow above pleated green leaves. Flowers from July to August. Prefers moist, well-drained, sandy soil. Grows to a height of 1.5m with a spread of 1m. Deciduous. Hardy.