Have you seen the new Firestars™ series of Crocosmias?
I first stumbled across them at the 2018 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, and they quite literally stopped me in my tracks.
The Firestars™ series is the result of some 25 years of skilled breeding and selection by Isle of Wight based Crocosmia Enthusiast Paul Lewis.
Using both his garden and allotment Lewis has created a stunning range of Crocosmia.
Indeed ‘Paul’s Best Yellow’ has recently been trialled and found to be worthy of the coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM)
Rob and Rosy Hardy, of Hardys Cottage Garden Plants put Paul in touch with Dutch nursery firm Walter Bloms Plants, who have trialled the finest of Paul’s new introductions and as a result ‘Scorchio’ is now available through Hardys…
The Firestars™ series of Crocosmias share a number of common features:
- Very large flowers
- Bright, vibrant colours
- Arching stems
- Multi flowering stems
- Dense clumps of foliage
‘Lucifer’ has, for a great many years, been our ‘go to’ Crocosmia, however, it has been totally eclipsed by ‘Scorchio” which simply radiates a hot, (scorchio hot) colour.