|An unequivocal thumbs up to Kniphofia 'Elvira'.|
You might think that number isn't particularly large, so let me explain. 'Elvira' isn't in a sunny, really well-drained spot that it culturally prefers. And she certainly isn't planted with nothing else around. In my garden? Seriously?
Kniphofia 'Elvira' is surrounded by a plant sample of Geranium 'Azure Rush', also from Blooms of Bressingham. 'Azure Rush' is a very vigorous plant. It's related to 'Rozanne' after all, a plant that can scramble over and through anything in its path.
|One bloom of Geranium 'Azure Rush' with Veronica and Echinacea.|
While not officially designated a rebloomer, 'Elvira' provides color for two to three weeks, this year beginning in late June.
If you're looking for longevity, Eucomis is a great choice. The flower spikes appeared and gradually elongated from the center of the circle of long, broad leaves in mid-June. I loved watching as they began to sport waxy little niblets in a shade of greenish white.
|Part of a pink and pale vignette, this pot contains Eucomis autumnalis.|
|Little unknown Eucomis from the supermarket.|
One thing I'm glad I did when I planted the bulbs was to use potting soil mixed with orchid bark and Growstone Soil Aerator. With all the rain we've had, my Eucomis would have rotted if I hadn't added the extra drainage. I mixed it with Fox Farm Ocean Forest Potting Soil, creating the best-textured mix I've ever used. Even with all the rain, the water soluble fertilizers and extensive root growth, the top of the soil looks good, not dry and crumbly as is often the case with other soils.