|After settling in awhile, Kniphofia 'Echo Yello' makes |
a strong statement in late July.
And then came the reblooming varieties--slender in leaf, with smaller flowers and the ability to offer waves of blossoms throughout most of the summer.
This year I am trialing varieties sent this spring by Itsaul Plants. I won't know until next spring how hardy they are, but I can tell already that most of them satisfy the rebloom criteria.
They're planted in a variety of locations throughout my garden--sunny, partly sunny, and even overshadowed by taller plants. They bloomed a bit in early June, and now are ramping up into an even stronger show with little sign of stopping.
|Kniphofias from left are 'Echo Duo' and 'Echo Mango' at right with Echinacea 'Butterfly Kisses' and 'Solar Flare',|
(the taller coneflower) also bred by Itsaul Plants.
|Eucomis 'Katie' shows of her substance and pink flower centers.|
All but two varieties- 'Oakhurst' and 'Glow Sticks' - are planted in pots. I've been told of their ability to overwinter in my Zone, which is somewhere in the 6 range, but I planted 'Oakhurst' in a south facing bed right up next to a concrete block structure near the house.
Last year's Eucomis are, sadly, unidentified. I tried to keep them labeled, but somehow during the winter and after spring harvest it got away from me. So I'll be taking photos of the unknown flowers and trying to match them against those I've listed in my journal. I know the identity of those I purchased this year, including:
|Last year's yet-to-be-identified Eucomis.|
Eucomis ‘Toffee’ 2’-2 ½’ high
Eucomis ‘Twinkle Stars’
Eucomis autumnalis (3)
Eucomis ‘Katie’ (3)
Eucomis ‘Glow Sticks’
|Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' looks great even before blooming.|
|I believe these are Eucomis autumnalis from 2014 along with Phormium 'Candy Stripe' and Amaranth 'Molten Fire'.|