Alphabetical Plant Listing

Great Companion Plants for Your Crocosmia

Crocosmia, Montbretia, Coppertips, Falling Stars


Extremely showy and exotic-looking, Crocosmia produce decorative clumps of erect sword-shaped leaves and brilliant wands of fiery scarlet, red, orange, and yellow tubular flowers which bloom for 5-8 weeks from mid summer through mid fall. Magnets for hummingbirds and butterflies, the vibrant blossoms give way to seedpods that persist into fall and attract hungry birds.

Crocosmias are all bred from South African species. Reflecting intense breeding efforts, there is today a rich array of Crocomia hybrids and cultivars to choose from. They vary in flowering times, flower color and size. If you are unsure which Crocosmia to pick for your garden, here is a list of some of the best Crocosmia varieties.

Almost fully hardy, Crocosmias are cormous perennials which are reliable and happily multiply and come back year after year. Easy to grow, they thrive in sunny locations in well-drained, average to rich soil where they form a tight clump and produce a profusion of colorful blooms. They make lovely, lasting cut flowers and are rarely troubled by pests or diseases. Even deer don't find them particularly appetizing.

The flamboyant colors of Crocosmias add vivid visual interest to the sunny border and they are terrific elements in hot-colored schemes. They radiate beautifully with Heleniums (Sneezeweed), Kniphofias (Red Hot Pokers), Dahlias and ornamental grasses where they maintain the interest well after the first leaves have started to fall. 

Their intense colors contrast well with blue and purple Salvias (Sage), Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile), Geraniums (Cranesbills) or silver foliage plants. There is a wide choice of companion plants. Alternatively, you may want to browse these planting combinations created by talented gardeners.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer', Astilbe 'Purpurlanze', Verbena bonariensis

Crocosmia 'Rheingold', Canna, Dahlia

Crocosmia 'Lucifer', Dahlia 'Arabian Night'

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff', Crocosmia 'Lucifer', Astilbe

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 2 - 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Crocosmia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
Compare All Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Guides with Crocosmia

Crocosmia "Lucifer" in the garden at Overbeck's, Salcombe, Devon, ©NTPL/Andrew Butler (Nationaltrust.org)

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 2 - 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Crocosmia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
Compare All Crocosmia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocosmia Guides with Crocosmia

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