Name: Crocosmia x Curtonus ‘Lucifer’ aka Crocosmia Lucifer
Type of Plant: A perennial plant that loves a full sun, hot location, and is hardy in zones 5-9.
Why I love this: Bright red flowers on thin stems, blooming from July into August. This plant attracts hummingbirds and is especially attractive when planted in front of dark green or yellow foliage as a background.
A Word to the Wise: Even though this perennial is listed as hardy in zone 5, it’s not likely to live over the winter even in a zone 6 unless it’s in a warm spot. Plant this Crocosmia next to a stonewall that faces south so that it absorbs the heat of the sun. Place it in a well-drained, sunny spot that’s protected from the wind. Think heat, and bright sun and you’re more likely to have this overwinter outdoors.