PLANT OF THE WEEK.
Byline: With Diarmuid Gavin
CROCOSMIA JACKANAPES For a fanfare of bright colours in the border at this time of year, you can rely on Crocosmia to provide the fireworks.
'Also sometimes known as Montbretia, this cormous perennial is low maintenance and easy to grow. Plant in full sun or partial shade in moist, well drained soil, preferably with a bit of shelter - it 'flourishes in the damp hedgerows of Cornwall and south west Ireland. 'Jackanapes' is a cheeky chap with a flourish of yellow/orange and red flowers but with a tidier and more compact habit than some of the larger varieties such as 'Lucifer'. Flowering can diminish if the plant gets congested, so lift and divide if needs be in spring.