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Focus on...Crocosmia

One of the jewels of the midsummer garden in dazzling colours and modern forms. Ideal for hot coloured borders, grass or prairie style planting and tropical styled gardens, these versatile corms can even find their place in cottage gardens.
Crocosmia flower reliably from July right through to first frosts and are mainly hardy, so once established are fairly low maintenance. If you are in a particularly cold part of the world or are facing an unusually tough winter, then Crocosmia, which grow from corms, will certainly appreciate a mulch of well rotted manure or straw. Cut the faded stems right back down to the ground in Spring and the new growth will start to emerge mid Spring and bloom in mid Summer.
Crocosmia will form clumps over time and create an eye catching display, forming vast underground corms which may eventually become congested and require division in Spring.

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Crocosmia 'Lucifer' planted with Perovskia (Russian Sage) 'Blue Spire', Kniphofia 'Alcazar', Agapanthus 'Headbourne Hybrids' and Lychnis cornaria 'Alba'

Credit: Gardenia.net for this beautiful planting scheme.

For a vibrant, tropical planting scheme, plant Crocosmia with Dahlias and Cannas, or mingle your Crocosmia with Stipa gigantea and Stipa tenuissima for beautiful movement in a prairie garden.

Cottage gardens don't miss out on having Crocosmia in their collections; plant with Michealmas daisies such Aster x frikarti 'Monch', thread through Russian sage or stand them alongside Verbena bonariensis for a vivid yet traditional display.

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