Instead of roses I fell in love with Crocosmia and Canna in my garden this summer
Probably because their flowers are so yellow and orange, and orange is the most summery colour when the sun don't shine! And it hasn't this summer, and still isn't! We already seem to be heading for an early autumn, so where was summer? However if you have sunny orange and yellow in the garden you can pretend the sun is shining.
I seem to be building up a collection of Crocosmia - and a new interest in them, thanks to garden friend, Alan Trott, who has kindly sent me some different varieties. Amongst these are 'Solfatare' and 'Severn Sunrise' which has larger than usual open bright orange flowers. The named varieties do seem to be variable, as when I google them, they vary from site to site, so please do not take my identification of named varieties as gospel. It's all a bit hit n'miss!
All I know is that Crocosmias have been a newly discovered joy in the summer garden which I had not been aware of before!
But not so Cannas! Everybody knows about them and the way they scream 'summer' in the garden when they flower! And who can resist the these exotic looking blooms! Sadly, I can't tell you the name of this variety above, as it was given to me as an unnamed variety from a North Island garden friend - all I know is that it's a stunner - especially the colour. I forget about it from season to season - but in high summer there it is again wowing me!