Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Red Hot Kniphofia

The hummingbird's out of the bag; Red Hot Pokers are now great for summer gardens.

The name, Red Hot Poker, might lead one to believe all varieties bloom in the summer months.  Au contraire. The hot red flower spires always seem a bit out of place when they appear in the dead of winter.

We recently stumbled upon a hybrid called Echo Rojo - brilliant orange red flower spires from summer to fall. Wow!  Paired with Shining Sceptre - brilliant yellow gold flower spires - or alone, these hybrids add punch to any garden.

The foliage looks like grasses [except it never needs any cutting back] so it pairs well with ones like Autumn Moor Grass.  We can't wait to get Echo Rojo out in the Wildwood Farm gardens. 

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