Thin stands of crocosmia are what’s left of the formerly generous clumps of fast-thickening cultivars with names like ‘Star of the East,’ ‘Solfatarre,’ ‘George Davidson.’ They pop up now as anonymous singletons in surprising locations every year, always some shade of orange, always signalling that things are really going to start heating up temperature-wise, color-wise, every-wise imaginable. There was a time long ago when the appearance of crocosmia and the lighting of summer’s orange torch in the garden caused some mild unease about its color-wheel effects on, for example, crimson Persicaria amplexicaulis. Now I just call such effects…summertime.


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2 Responses to crocosmia

  1. Deanne says:

    Love these, they’ve never been hardy for me here. Look great in your gardens

  2. Cindy says:

    Amen to summertime! I think this all looks grand in your gardens, Denise – somehow I even got a “volunteer” crocosmia this year – I have never ordered any, yet I am now the proud owner of 2 such strays – it’s nice to know they are indeed pop-ups of some sort.

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