They need excellent drainage, take up huge amounts of space and require lots of sun--three requirements that send many of us into the next aisle, page or website. But I've discovered that another well-worn saying--"Throw caution to the wind"--was written just for the adventurous gardener.
|Kniphofia 'Coral' in 2010|
The first place I looked (in 2008) happened to be one of my favorite mailorder sources: Digging Dog Nursery. 'Coral' was its name, and it took two seasons before it did anything. But in 2010 it blossomed so profusely it left me wanting more.
Many other plants and seasons went by, and I kind of forgot. In 2011, 'Coral' didn't bloom as well, and in 2012 I dug it up and divided it into a couple of raised beds.
If you live in a Zone 5-6 with a heavy soil and less sun than you'd like, look for Kniphofias that are hardy to your zone. If you give it excellent drainage, you will have torch lilies every year on the 4th of July.
|Kniphofia 'Earliest of All' reblooms in late summer if happy.|
|Kniphofia 'Orange Vanilla Popsicle'|
|Kniphofia 'Lemon Popsicle'|
|Unfortunately, I'm not sure what variety this is.|