Here’s the place to give the Montbretia a good looking over – all our varieties lined up ready for inspection, from short to tall. Click to be redirected to the clicked variety in our online store
- Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Venus’. pre 1991. A relatively short montbretia (40cm) with flowers in a two tone red and warm yellow ( Outer perianth tube mandarin red, inner tepals buttercup yellow, tipped red ). A good reliable cultivar with fairly upright flowering stems that make an excellent show. Hot sunny spot; moist but with good winter drainage
1989. Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Dusky Maiden’ is one of the shorter varieties at just 60cm tall. The overall effect is muted and sober with sombre dark bronze leaves that set off beautifully the flowers which are orange, stained with distinct rust spots at the throat and ligtened with yellow veins down the centre of the petals and bright yellow stamens. Darker buds complete the picture.
- Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘George Davison’. A relatively short and lovely montbretia (40cm) with yellow starry flowers. It is also one of the first to flower.. This plant, carrying the name of the first significant breeder of Crocosmia in England, has a confused history. The plant we now grow is actually the original l ‘Norwich Canary’, a short cultivar in a warm rich orange yelow, opening form apricot buds. It is vigorous and free to flower. The original cultivar, now possibly lost, was introduced in 1900 ‘Golden Sheaf’ x (crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Golden Sheaf’) and was Large, early, golden yellow, 8-10 branched. Vigorous. 90cm. The plant now sold as ‘George Davison’ are actually the original ‘Norwich Canary’, a shorter cultivar in a warm rich orange yellow
- Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Carmin Brilliant’. A relatively short montbretia (40cm) with crimson starry flowers with yellow centre. Good clump forming variety. Hot sunny spot; moist but with good winter drainage. Introdued in 1950. AGM. This variety was previously wrongly sold by the Dutch trade as ‘James Coey’
- Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Buttercup’. A lovely compact Montbretia with good sized warm apricot-yellow flowers, 35mm across, which open flat. They are borne on shorter stems to 60cm. A rich shot of colour for the late summer garden. For sun or part shade. Introduced in 1995. A robust grower
- Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Babylon’. pre 1991. Extremely vigorous with large 6cm flowers. Rich red with a fine dark ring around a fine yellow eye. 80cm. Clumps of sword like foliage send up arching spikes of lily like flowers in mid-late summer. They enjoy full sun and moisture retentive but well drained conditions.
- Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Constance’. This variety has large warm orange flowers with lovely yellow centres. Each flower flares good and flat with broad petals, each darker on the reverse. Growth is vigorous with flowering stems to 2′ (60cm) high. They enjoy full sun and moisture retentive but well drained conditions. Introduced 1993
- Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Emily McKenzie’. A relatively short montbretia (35cm) with large flat flowers 6-7cm, a rich burnt orange opening wide and flat, each petal marked with a significant crimson blotch. Hot sunny spot; moist but with good winter drainage. Quite a distinctive growth pattern, tending to run more than clump. 1951. Flowers 6-7cm. Produces many flowers to the stem. FCC and AGM
If you’ll excuse the pun; a real star of a variety. At fully 10cm it has possibly the largest flowers of all of the crocosmias and they come in a really clean bright shade of tangerine that really shines out. the buds are darker and the centre paler. They are not only large but flat and held so that they look outwards rather than down. Grow it in areally sunny spot, but one that doesn’t dry out in the Summer to get the best out of it. Bred in 1910 by George Davison and still one of the best.