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Crocosmia’s Striking Flowers Stands Out In A Sea of Green

During a recent trip to my favorite nursery I came across Crocosmia ‘Bright Eyes’. My jaw literally dropped when I saw the striking two-toned flowers which stand out among other perennial blooms. I am familiar with orange and red cultivars of Crocosmia, but this cultivar was an unusual and pleasant surprise.

Crocosmia ‘Bright Eyes’ Grows to Just 20″ Tall

In the family Iridaceae, Crocosmia ‘Bright Eyes’ features funnel-shaped flowers which appear on 20″ tall stems from July through September. Crocosmia prefers full sun and well-drained soil. This genus can also tolerate drought. For maximum effect in the garden, try pairing Crocosmia ‘Bright Eyes’ with Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) or in front of Purple Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’).

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Considering the fact that all ornamental plant species in this intimate beach community floated over the Great South Bay on a barge or ferry to settle into their new homes, Fire Island Pines features some stunning private gardens. One of my favorites sits at the corner of Ocean and Tarpon Walk. This floriferous garden is filled with a divine mixture of perennials which saturate the front of the house with a bouquet of living color all summer long.

Fire Island Garden at Ocean and Tarpon Walk

Velvety Gladiolas in deep magenta mixed with a top performing annual, Verbena bonariensis, was a successful and unusual combination I found in the garden this past weekend. Patches of Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage), Cotinus coggygria (Smokebush), Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-eyed Susan), Monarda didyma (Bee Balm) and Buddleia davidii (Butterfly Bush) grace this garden with a rainbow of hues.

A Bouquet of Living Color

Deer Fences are Necessary for Any Garden on Fire Island

Complete with a separate rose garden and deer fence to keep out hungry critters, this garden is a labor of love. It is well worth a trip to walk by this garden throughout the season to see what’s in bloom. The house and the owners are just as beautiful as this patch of land they curate.

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Smokebush Pushes New Bloom in August

It’s true. Plants growing on the tops of concrete covered rooftops in the sweltering heat island of Manhattan appreciate a little dihydrogen monoxide every now and again. One of my client’s in midtown west inherited a terrace full of a hodge podge of planters from the previous unit owner. Phase one of making the space his own was to make the existing plants happy. The addition of a fully automatic irrigation system turned his terrace into a brand new place.

Rooftop gardens need watered every day. They don’t take holidays off, and they certainly don’t rest on Sundays. If you don’t have an irrigation system, consider adding one as a smart investment. Multiply the number of years you intend to keep your roof garden by 250 (days of growing season) and then muliply that by the value of your own time. I think you’ll see that it makes sense to get it.

Just one month after installation, I already saw huge changes in the plants which were previously hand watered. Even this Cotinus pushed out a new bloom in August which normally would have emerged in June. I would say we are heading in the right direction.

       

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