Crocosmia meteor or Montbretia Grass is something of a familar face in the hedgerows in Donegal and rural Derry, commonly found in many a garden its also found its way to colonising rural spots, adding bright colour to forgotten hedgerows and problem banks. In the garden Crocosmia is excellent for filling in beds, borders and for giving late summer colour in awkward spots like slopes, banks and the 'strip beside the shed' that everyone has. Its a fast grower, the bulbous perennial will quickly form a clum 5' wide in only a few short years. Today we were planting some below some mature Acer trees in St Patricks Primary School, this area is notoriously dry and tough so Crocosmia is perfect.
Although the 3' high growing orange flowering type is by far the most common the variety Crocosmia Lucifer is far more hot and dramatic, flowering 4'-5' its a stummer in the garden, its not quite as vigorous as its orange cousin so won't spread out as much but it will form a thick clump which produces these bright red flowers in late summer of every year
A bright yellow variety is Crocosmia Norwich Canary, a lower growing type, similar to the orange flowering Crocosmia in that it grows about 2' high, the leaves are thinner and slightly more dainty and the flowers are bright yellow, a wonderful contrast if planted around a dark leaved shrub such as Purple Smoke Bush
Crocosmia Babylon is a variety of montbretia famed for its bigger flowers, there are much wider in their openess than other varieties, and make a fantastic show in late summer
B&Q were having a massive clearance on summer flowering bulbs they had left, these were in packs so we just potted them all...we used some multi purpose compost enriched with some extra fertiliser, and a wee dusting of mycorrhizal fungii when we were planting.Have ended up with a serious selection of lillies, dahlias, anemone, freesie, liatris, gladiola, crocosmia spider lilly, begonia and other perennials such as anemone, echinops, hosta, geum, grannys bonnet and more, all ideal for growing in pots now for transplanting next springI should be able to create some serious planted areas in the north west regional college next year...something great to look forward too.
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