So if you are one of the many that buy Hershey candy bars, consider this. Ten chocolate bars can buy a healthy perennial from one of your local growers. This one plant (with proper care) can produce ten blossoms in its first year. If you divide your plants periodically, over the first five years you can get 15 divisions out of this initial purchase, which equals 150 blooms. This is the beauty of perennials – most are easy to divide and multiple.
Right now, you can find some great deals at your local garden centers. If you are searching for that stunning flower to substitute your chocolate fix, look no further. A personal favorite, Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is a dynamite perennial with its brilliant red-orange flower. Its common British name, montbretia, is hardy to zone 5. It’s related to the gladiolus and has similar foliage. Great for cut flowers with an extended bloom, this versatile perennial compliments ornamental grasses.
Unlike the candy bar experience that ends when the wrapper is empty, these plants will continue to grow, flourish and offer beauty for many years to come. “There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it's easy.” Anonymous Quote
A shot of Crocosmia 'Lucifer' in our perennial border.