A popular border plant, the Crocosmia Emily McKenzie (Montbretia) ground cover is a delightful compact variety. Its sword like mid green leaves appearing in Spring, followed in August and September by branched flower stems that arch over at the top with rows of exotic looking wide, bright orange flowers with attractive mahogany throats.
This vibrant perennial is perfect for a mixed or herbaceous border in a sunny, sheltered site. It’s ideal for the growing in swathes through the herbaceous border. Try planting Crocosmia Emily McKenzie in a ‘hot’ colour scheme with Rudbeckia or Helenium or amongst architectural plants such as Cordyline. They also look very good when planted amongst Ornamental Grasses. Like all Crocosmia they make excellent cut flowers and bees love them!
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Crocosmia Emily McKenzie 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 CrocosmiaEmily McKenzie
Position: Full sun, some dappled shade
Soil and site: Moderately fertile, well drained
Flowering time: Mid-late Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: Height 60cm, spread to 20cm
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