Best crocosmia varieties to grow

Val Bourne / 09 March 2015

Gardening expert Val Bourne shares her 10 best crocosmia varieties to grow for vibrant colour in your summer border.

Crocosmia flowers add colour and structure to a summer border. They are easy to grow and are almost all fully hardy, providing gorgeous summer colour. Here are some of the best varieties to grow in a British garden.

Read our guide to growing crocosmias.

10 of the best varieties of crocosmias


The first truly red crocosmia bred by Alan Bloom in the 1960s. This flowers in early July and is excellent with Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’. The bright-green pleated foliage is excellent.

Crocosmia masoniorum

A dramatic, vigorous species with upward-facing bronze-red flowers held in branching sprays above pleated green leaves. The winter seed head is stunning and this elegant crocosmia has a long flowering season - from late July until September (1m).

‘Severn Sunrise’

Soft-orange flowers that age to Devon-sandstone pink, This looks stunning in autumn light and flowers from August until October (75 cm).

‘Carmin Brilliant’

Dainty tomato-red flowers from July onwards (50 cms).

‘Emily McKenzie’

Large, crimson blotched dusky orange flowers in August and September (60 cms)

‘Star of the East’

Huge starry wide-open orange flowers until late October. (60 cm)

‘Gerbe d’Or’

The toughest bronze-leaved crocosmia with pumpkin-gold flowers on a small plant.

‘Zeal Tan’

Fiery red flowers held on dark stems with darker foliage -one of the latest to flower (55 cm).

‘Honey Angels’

Diminutive plants with lots of apricot-yellow flowers - but for a hot spot (50 cm).

‘Warburton’s Yellow’

The best yellow with outward-facing flowers from July until September (60 cm).

If you're planning a warm colour scheme for your garden, see our suggestions for orange flowers, red flowers and yellow flowers.

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