Crocosmias are a fabulous plant for a burst of colour in late summer, flowering from July to October. There are hundreds of red, orange and yellow varieties to choose from, with sword shaped leaves that look like grass and rustle in the wind. South African in origin, they are showy but elegant at the same time, standing tall and proud wherever they are planted.
Crocosmia need to be grown in moist but well drained soil in full sun or partial shade and should be divided every few years to encourage better flowering. (In colder regions you may need to mulch the corms to protect them from frost.)
Prior to opening fully, the flowers are flat and floppy but then it is almost as if someone breathes air into them, they sit up straight and the flowers appear along the stem.
Overall, a lovely easy to grow plant which looks amazing grown in large blocks and good for filling gaps in garden borders when other plants have stopped flowering.