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On a quick trip out to the nursery last week I came across a gorgeous plant with spiky pink flowers that made me stop in my tracks. October is not the time of year I would expect to see Celosia in full glory, but this cultivar, called ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ looks fantastic even now. Nestled into a mixed annual bed, it fits right in with Verbena bonariensis in the backdrop.

Celosia ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ with Verbena bonariensis in the Background

Celosia ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ was discovered in Peru and features magenta blooms. It is recommended to pinch the plants back when they are smaller to produce more stems, but if you leave it undisturbed, it can grow up to 9′ tall! The flowers are excellent for cutting and can also be dried. The reddish tinge to the leaves and veins are also ornamental in my book. Try it out in a garden bed with other annuals like Verbena or Salvia or try it next to fail-proof perennials like Rudbeckia or Perovskia for an Erb-approved planting scheme!

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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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