Kniphofia - a New Love

This bouquet is an attempt to determine
what to combine with Kniphofia in the garden.
I knew it was serious when I began to plan the removal of a few peonies. My new love is spiky, perky and succulent with luscious colors like the Popsicles for which my latest additions were named. Kniphofia, or red hot poker, is a plant I'd been told years ago I couldn't grow. It wasn't hardy and needed excellent drainage, or so I'd heard.
I started with a variety called 'Coral', purchased in 2008 from Digging Dog Nursery. It didn't bloom until 2010, but it bloomed beautifully and prolifically. But it didn't bloom again. Last month I divided it and planted divisions in sunnier, better-drained spots. (Kniphofia 'Coral' is no longer available through Digging Dog, but is available at Sequim Rare Plants.)

'Orange Vanilla Popsicle'
And this week I brought home the Popsicle trio: Lemon, Redhot and Orange Vanilla, introduced by Terra Nova Nurseries.

So, in addition to these lovelies, I've discovered another new Kniphofia I'd just planted this spring is BLOOMING AGAIN!! Which is a great reason to devote some real estate to these plants.
Kniphofia 'Redhot Popsicle' with
'Lemon Popsicle' in background at right.
Another Kniphofia called 'Apricot', came from Joy Creek Nursery several years ago and was moved to its current location in the sunniest raised bed. This variety is also said to rebloom once established.
Kniphofia 'Earliest of All' starting to
rebloom after less than two months.

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