One of these was Montbretia
, commonly known as Crocosmia, pictured.
(Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora): When I first moved to my current home more than 20 years ago, my garden was awash with hybrid montbretia
, the corms producing spear-like leaves and orange flowers in high summer, and multiplying with a vengeance once they took hold.
Plant caladium (Caladium), elephant ears (Colocassia), tuberous begonia (Begonia x tuberhybrida), montbretia
(Crocosmia), lily of the Nile (Agapanthus), garden canna (Canna x generalis), tuberose (Polianthes) or peacock orchid (Acidanthera).
Or branch out with South African choices, including freesia, montbretia
, and watsonia.
Crocosmia, or montbretia
as it's often known, is a South African native that has made itself at home here.
When we think of invasive plants, alarm bells might ring at the mention of Japanese knotweed or giant hogweed - but can the same be said about buddleia, bamboo or montbretia
? Yet these - and other - common plants will be coming under the spotlight at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 22-26), in a garden of invasive plants, created to highlight non-native species that 'escape' from gardens up and down the UK and the damage they can do once let loose.
Also sometimes known as Montbretia
, this cormous perennial is low maintenance and easy to grow.
has been derided by many, outlawed by some.
Or crocosmia Lucifer with sword like leaves and burnt orange montbretia
flowers, with achillea Moonshine, a lemon flowered silver leaved yarrow.
She shares with other writers who have written of this region in recent times, notably Eamon Grennan, Tim Robinson, and Mary O'Malley, an intense attachment to place and a fine eye for detail: Between hedge and house montbretia
flares, slow rain falls.
The 11-4 shot had been settled towards the rear as Some Sunny Day set an early searching gallop and, turning for home, still had a bit to do as first Montbretia
and then Cheetah threw down the gauntlet.
They wore red satin strapless gowns with wide taupe sashes and carried clutches of red montbretia
, dahlias, yellow roses, yarrow, hypericum berries, and lilies.