Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red'
red hot poker
Early July spires in a unique shade of deep coral-red -perfect shimmering through pale-lemon anthemis or leucanthemums- and it dies well too
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to October
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Tall, bright and imposing, kniphofias lend height, vibrancy and drama to any garden. 'Nancy's Red' produces bold spikes of coral-red flowers from summer through to autumn and is a little shorter than many cultivars, so is more suitable for smaller gardens. For maximum impact, plant in bold clumps in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil, against a background of tall ornamental grasses, or as part of an exotic planting scheme. Good in containers, too. An easy and undemanding plant.
- Garden care: In autumn remove and compost the faded, flower spikes and apply a deep, dry mulch around the crown of the plant. In spring, cut back any remaining foliage to ground level. Divide and re-plant overcrowded colonies in spring.
Mediterranean gardens can take on various guises from the rustic and rambling to the formal elegance of an Italian courtyard. However, they all have key features in common, including the use of exotic, sometimes tender, drought-tolerant plants in pots and...Read full article