I first noticed, really noticed, crocosmia or ‘Lucifer’ while visiting gardens in Buffalo last July with 70 other garden bloggers. Crocosmia is a stunning plant in a devilish shade of scarlet. I came home and what did I find? Crocosmia growing on the Bridge of Flowers.
Yesterday we sold several potted up crocosmia at the Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale. They don’t look like much now, but just wait until July when they are three or four feet tall and waving wands of scarlet flowers. Crocosmia is a bulb and it has usually overwintered without any trouble on the Bridge. But sometimes it dies. It is not reliably hardy in Zone 5, although people say that if it is mulched well in the fall it will come through. I planted crocosmia last year – after my Buffalo trip – and never thought about checking what it needed for winter care. It did not come back this spring. Take care! Crocosmia needs winter mulch in our climate.