Kniphofia uvaria 'Mixed Hybrids'
Red hot poker
A plant once ridiculed for being a bit low brow, the red hot pokers are now back in fashion.
This change in perception is largely due to prairie style garden designers using them at random, amongst large and interesting grasses.
In the 1960's, they were often planted, just like the much maligned pampas grass, as single specimens in dreary suburban lawns 'to add a bit of colour'.
Now they zing up in between Miscanthus and other airy species. Once established the large clumps of sword shaped leaves throw up bog brushes of riotous colour from creamy yellow to vibrant orange.
Joyful, slightly silly plants that add a touch of retro to the border.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Mid Green - evergreen
Orange, red, yellow
Moist but well-drained