PLANT OF THE WEEK... CROCOSMIA

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FOR a fan­fare of bright colours in the bor­der at this time of year, you can rely on Crocosmia to pro­vide the fire­works.

Also some­times known as Mont­bre­tia, this cor­mous peren­nial is low main­te­nance and easy to grow.

Plant in full sun or par­tial shade in moist, well drained soil, prefer­ably with a bit of shel­ter – it flour­ishes in the damp hedgerows of Corn­wall and south west Ire­land. ‘Jack­anapes’ is a cheeky chap with a flour­ish of yel­low/or­ange and red flow­ers but with a ti­dier and more com­pact habit than some of the larger va­ri­eties such as ‘Lu­cifer’.

Flow­er­ing can di­min­ish if the plant gets con­gested, so lift and di­vide if needs be in spring.

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