GBBD August 2012 – Hotting Up

The garden has gone from the soft pinks and blue to basically orange and red.  I have a liking for Crocosmia and they have been slowly increasing in the garden more than I had realised.  The majority are the one above as ever I have no idea which variety it is.   I have bought Emily Mackenzie and Lucifer in the past but I am pretty certain it is neither of these and is more likely to be the very common variety which used to be called Monbretia.

I am particularly pleased with this Crocosmia, it has bulked up a lot in the last year and is really shining this year.  The leaves have a bronze colouring.  It could be Crocosmia Coleton Fishacre which would make sense as I have been to that garden.

This is this year’s acquisition – Crocosmia ‘Hellfire’ which I bought from Cotswold Garden Flowers about a month ago.  The red is quite something, very deep and pure.  The plant is destined for the new border in the front garden.

Crocosmia aren’t the only orangey flowers in the garden.  Ligularia britt marie crawford has just started to flower.  I have had this plant for a number of years and I am beginning to wonder if Ligulariaas are one of those plants which become less vigorous as they age.  A few years back the plant was huge with masses of flowers.  Last year it was much shorter and this was one of the reasons I created a bog garden to try to give the plant the moisture it needed.  Well the bog garden has generally done well especially given the rain we have had but the ligularia is still not up to its old standard.  A closer look shows masses of slug damage and I wonder if this is part of the problem.

Heliopsis hellanthoides var. scabra ‘Summer Nights’ was bought last year at RHS Tatton Flower Show and I am really pleased it has reappeared and is flowering already.  Such a dainty flower on wiry stems which wafts around above the other plants.

A Rudbeckia  that just appeared in the garden a couple of years ago.  I suspect it grew from seed in birdseed as it first appeared near the bird feeder.  However, I  do like the graceful appearance of the flowers.

Finally Cautleya spicata ‘Arun Flame’ which I bought from Crug Farm in 2009.  This winter I risked leaving the plant in situ, mulching it heavily and crossing my fingers.  It paid off as the plant really bulked up and is giving the patio border a very exotic look.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. hillwards says:

    I’m fond of crocosmia too, the old stalward Lucifer is the only named variety we have, though a golden yellow one similar to yours but with fresh green leaves has appeared too and makes a lovely contrast with Echinacea purpurea and dark purple Salvia nemorosa Caradonna.
    You have some lovely hot colours at the moment. Our rudbeckia and a helenium just have the first blooms opening though they didn’t make it into my bloom day post – I’ll make up for that when they’re in full flow!
    Shame that your ligularia seems to be losing stamina; I think about adding one to our shadiest corner but I’m not sure how it would fare. The Cautleya is stunning.


  2. Christina says:

    Heliopsis hellanthoidesisn’t a plant I know, I like the strong colour but dainty form. You do choose some very good plants. Christina

  3. Crocosmia ‘Hellfire’ was a top tip from David Jewell (formerly in charge of the double borders at Wisley) during an interview – he says it’s much richer and an altogether better plant than the more ubiquitous ‘Lucifer’.

    Funny about your Rudbeckia – I had a rather lovely big Doronicum self-seed itself into my garden this year. It’s a mystery as we don’t even have any neighbours – like you I think it was probably dropped by a bird. Very welcome gatecrasher though.

  4. It;s painful to see everyone else’s crocosmia. I have the very ordinary kind in my garden and I love it. At least, I usually love it. One of our cats has squashed it flat so the leaves have gone mushy and brown. She’s working her way round the garden. Soon everything will be flat. I’m having to stick inelegant sticks all over the place so the plants she’s left are too prickly to sit on.

    I’ve not seen a Cautleya spicata before. What an odd and interesting flower. ‘Exotic’ seems the right word.

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Glad you shared your Crocosmia. I admire it and have tried numerous times to grow it but obviously never got it in the right place. Your Rudbeckia reminds me of one I have called ‘Irish Eyes’ for the green center cone.

  6. K. says:

    I was not familiar with Crocosmia until I saw so many people singing its praises on their blog. Yours are lovely, and such a variety you have! I’ll have to investigate this plant and see whether its viable in my gardens.

  7. gail says:

    Helen, your crocosmia is beautiful! It’s such a fine plant and the hummers love it. I have the red ‘Lucifer’ and this was the first year it over wintered. I’ll add more and will look for ‘Hellfire’ The name is too good to pass up and the color is stunning!

  8. I like crocosmia too. We visited a part of Scotland last year where it was growing wild in huge clumps next to the main roads for miles and miles …. lovely sight. I really like your Hellfire.

  9. Holleygarden says:

    Your crocosmia is beautiful. And that cautleya is fabulous! I love red, yellows, and oranges, so I really enjoyed seeing these hot colors.

  10. Larry says:

    Beautiful warm colors… I envy your crocosmias as I’m on my third attempt and the foliage does not look well… I’m wondering if they are susceptible to thrip damage? Larry

  11. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Yvonne – NZ – Your crocosmias look lovely in your garden – such a pity they are an awful invasive weed in NZ – Hope you have settled back into normality since the Games – were’nt they great. Thanks London for a great games!! Lots of spring colours our – despite lots of rain – tete-a-tetes, first bluebells – other bulbs – forget-me-nots – magnolias – taiwanese cherries with drunken noisy tuis!

  12. I’m a crocosmia fan too, that yellow one is beautiful. The freebie rudbekia is lovely with its green centres – loads of hot action! Love it.

  13. Helen I love Hellfire’s red…and you have some of my favorites especially heliopsis. Ligularia has been a problem the last few years for me. Without enough moisture and shade it does not bloom and dies back. Hope yours continues to bloom and grow.

  14. Love your Summer colors!!

  15. Loving all the reds, oranges and yellows in your garden right now. None of these plants would grow here, but it’s been delightful to pop by and see them in bloom today.

  16. Scott says:

    Beautiful blooms! I’ve never been fond of the red Crocosmias…but I love your orange & yellow ones…so pretty!

  17. Just investigating the H. ‘Summer Nights’ further as it is a beauty! Amazing self-seed job by the Rudbeckia.

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