I have always wanted to add some Crocosmia to my garden. It’s a good news bad news kind of situation. The bad news is that most cultivars won’t grow here in southern New England. The good news is that my favorite, x crocosmiiflora “Lucifer” is hardy to Zone 5! So I took advantage of the summer bulb flowering bulb sale at Brent and Becky’s Bulbs and bought 10 corms for $3.50.
Crocosmias are from South Africa, hence their cold sensitivity. But the intense color of “Lucifer” has captivated me, and even if I have to dig out the corms in the fall, I just had to have it. I planted mine yesterday, in full sun, about 4 inches deep and 6-8 inches apart. They don’t like to be bone dry, so I will water them if there’s a drought.
Another reason I planted them was to attract hummingbirds. That red should definitely do the trick!
These pest-resistant monocots, with attractive, upright stems, grow 24-36 inches tall and bloom in mid to late summer. I’ll just have to be patient.