Botanical: Crocosmia crocosmiiflora
General Characteristics: Crocosmia produces eye-catching, funnel-shaped blooms in bright vibrant colors of orange, yellow, and red. Flowers steadily from mid-summer through mid-fall and makes an excellent cut flower. Multiplies readily.
Tip: Can be grown as an annual in zones 3,4,10. Perennial in zones 5-9. In colder climates, lift and store bulbs inside in a cool and ventilated place until planting in spring.
Garden Use: Crocosmia is a bold plant that can be used as a focal point in the middle or back of the garden. Plant it with other summer blooming perennials like coreopsis, tall garden phlox, daylilies, lilies, bellflowers, balloon flowers, and hardy geraniums. Crocosmias add a brilliant accent with brightly colored daylilies, lilies, or coneflowers, or you can cool them down with blue geraniums, lavender, or the silver foliage of caryopteris and butterfly bushes.
Plants can self-seed occasionally, especially when they like where they are growing, so in time they can form a dense colony. Bulbs can be transplanted in early spring or fall.