Crocosmia is a corm of the iris family. Produces narrow leaves and branched sways of striking coloured flowers. Plant in well-drained humus rich soil in sheltered sunny spot 10 cm (4") deep and 15 cm (6") apart. Will increase if left undisturbed.
Discovered growing in a garden in the Tyne Valley in the 1950s, Crocosmia ‘Emily Mckenzie’ has since become a firm favourite. With sprays of showy, star-shaped flowers dancing from arching stems, this variety provides height, movement, and colour for your late summer and autumn display. Unfurling from clusters of node-like buds, each vibrant petal is rusty orange with a dark mahogany throat. ‘Emily Mackenzie’ is a compact variety – easier to contain than some of its cousins – and the wiry stems are self-supporting. This Crocosmia is long-lasting in the garden and as a cut flower, where it can last up to two weeks in the vase.
An inferno of red-hot blooms, Crocosmia ‘Fire King’ will ignite your borders and containers with sizzling colour. The blazing blooms are perfect for including amongst a ‘hot’ colour scheme, and will provide an energising flare of radiant red amongst other palettes and mixed borders. Upright, lance-shaped foliage sets off the fine, dangling stems, and the vivid petals act as a beacon to bees and butterflies. Native to South Africa, the intense crimson of ‘Fire King’ is like watching a stunning sunset over the Kalahari Desert. Despite their tropical appearance, Crocosmia are surprisingly hardy and robust and will readily multiply when left undisturbed in a sunny spot.
Widely considered to be the father of Crocosmia breeding in the UK, George Davison was Head Gardener at Westwick Hall in Norfolk during the 1900s – this award-winning variety proudly bears his name. Echoing the golden glow of September, Crocosmia ‘George Davison’ displays sprays of rich, warm yellow blooms throughout late summer and autumn. The RHS have acknowledged the health and strength of this cultivar with their highly esteemed Award of Garden Merit. This variety is especially vigorous and will swiftly spread into impressive swathes of cheerful colour. Dig and divide the bulbs every couple of years to keep them in check.
One of the most popular Crocosmia, and with good reason, ‘Lucifer’ is a devilishly handsome addition to your summer display. The RHS have granted this outstanding variety an Award of Garden Merit for its dependability and vigour. One of the first Crocosmia to flower, the rows of neat buds burst into flickering, flame-red blooms, followed by striking burgundy seedpods. Standing proud amongst borders and large containers, the swaying stems are especially effective when paired with grasses, prairie perennials and as part of a ‘hot’ planting scheme. ‘Lucifer’ will multiply rapidly if left undisturbed, providing swathes of spectacular, fiery colour for your garden.
Crocosmia Norwich Canary.
Bright yellow flowers with a red glow.
A brilliant blaze of glowing amber, canary yellow, and bold crimson, this specially selected assortment of large-flowering Crocosmia provides extraordinary ornamental value throughout the season. Early in the summer, blades of upright, sword-like foliage give rise to wands of nib-like buds on wiry stems. These little buds unfurl into open, starry blooms full of vibrant colour, proving a magnet for pollinators. In the autumn, the petals fall and leave attractive, rounded, dark orange seedpods. Appealing at every stage of their development, these little bulbs will spread rapidly into dramatic drifts amongst borders and are a striking statement for large patio containers.
Small Flowering Mix
Crocosmia Small Flowering Mix.