Add a fiery burst of color to your garden by planting crocosmia.

Reddish-orange crocosmia flower

This summer-blooming bulb produces arching sprays of flowers that are often a bright orangey-red, but can also be yellow. Crocosmia begins blooming in May or June and can be cut and used in bouquets.

Plant yours in sun or part shade, and choose improved cultivars to have the best show. Crocosmia has few diseases or pests, and is usually drought tolerant once established.

The plants will sometimes flop over as they grow, so you may need to provide some support. Crocosmia is a vigorous grower, so you’ll want to lift and divide the bulbs every one or two years in the spring. Then you can spread the “fire” by passing the extra plants along to your friends.

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