Our featured plant: Crocosmia 'Zeal Tan'
Colorful Crocosmias, Dress up late August plantings!
Coveted by florists, the abundant, vividly colored funnel-shaped flowers, ranging in shades from yellow and melon to tangerine, scarlet and sizzling red, bloom along the length of tall arching spikes. Easily cultivated handsome clumps of sword-like foliage arise from corms. Crocosmias appreciate adequate moisture, well-drained soil and afternoon shade in hot locales. In colder areas, they can be dug in the fall and treated in a manner similar to a Gladiola. Be sure to check out our extensive on-line selection of Crocosmia cultivars.
Dress up late August plantings....
By the end of August, some landscapes need a little sprucing up. Judicious dead-heading and trimming will keep plantings looking fresh, and in many instances ensures more flowers. Late bloomers may need staking, while other plants will benefit from a well-rotted compost applied as a top dressing.
It’s also a great time to start making mental notes about what garden vignettes thrilled you and what you would like to change. You may wish to assess your borders towards the end of each season, making sure there was enough intrigue to beckon you each day.
During my daily walks through the garden and nursery with my favorite wee pal, Boobah, I continue to be amazed by the bounty of unfurling flowers and foliage. We hope you'll be inspired by the plants in this newsletter!
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