Friday, September 2, 2011

The Exotic Crocosmia and Fountain Grass


Crocosmia Twilight Fairy Gold. Photo permission of Terra Nova Nurseries www.terranovanurseries.com.

One of the new plants I look forward to seeing is the development of the new Crocosmia "Twilight Fairy" series. These are said to be shorter border plants with multiple crowns, offering up a better fuller effect. One unique way to use this plant in the landscape that I really like is the combination of Crocosmia sp. with Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracilimus'. Planting Crocosmia at the base of this grass makes a prairie style plant taken on a tropical look. It is amazing. It also seems to increase the zone tolerance by at least one zone as mine are treated as perennials in zone 5b. I'm hoping that many of these new varieties and cultivars truly pan out.

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