siting giant Crocosmias

Jane McGary
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 10:18:08 PST
Diane Whitehead asked about siting Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and other tall forms.

I like 'Lucifer' because it's so attractive to hummingbirds, which have 
territorial wars over the plants. I grow it mostly in a bed that combines 
silver and dark red foliage with scarlet flowers. The Crocosmia leans on 
such shrubs as Artemisia 'Powis Castle', a small purple Berberis, and a 
Cotinus (smoke bush) with deep crimson leaves, with the flower stalks and 
leaves emerging through the shrub foliage. This seems effective to me, 
although it's not too subtle. It might not work for C. masonorum, which has 
lower, more clumping leaves than 'Lucifer'.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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