Crocosmia Emberglow Ground Cover
Crocosmia Emberglow (Montbretia)
A wonderful architectural plant, the Crocosmia Emberglow (Montbretia) makes great ground cover adding height and impact to your garden. Tall and imposing with flower stems that branch and arch over at the top with rows of exotic looking deep scarlet trumpet like flowers with yellow throats arrayed each side. With its sword like dark green leaves appearing in Spring, followed in August and September by branching stems carrying red buds which open to striking yellow-throated, carmine-red flowers.
This vibrant perennial is perfect for a mixed or herbaceous border in a sunny, sheltered site. For maximum impact plant in bold drifts. Try planting Crocosmia Emberglow in a ‘hot’ colour scheme with Rudbeckia or Helenium or amongst architectural plants such as Ornamental Grasses or Cordylines. They also make excellent cut flowers and bees love them!
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Crocosmia Emberglow dies back to below ground level each year in Autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in Spring. Plant in full sun or partial shade in a sheltered site with moderately fertile, well-drained soil. They are grown from corms and are naturally clump forming, multiplying regularly. The best time to divide and replant congested clumps is in Spring. Cover the crown of the plant in Winter with mulch or bark chippings to protect against frost.
How to grow Crocosmia Emberglow
Position: Sun/partial shade
Soil and site: Moderately fertile, well drained
Flowering time: Mid-late Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: Height 90cm, clump-forming spread to 75cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Aftercare: Water well until established, avoiding soil becoming waterlogged. Cover the crown of the plant in Winter with mulch or bark chippings to protect against frost. Divide and replant congested clumps in Spring.