I love the citrus colours of Kniphofia, especially the tall yellow ones, but all of them really. The spiky leaves in the vase are New Zealand flax, a ‘black’ and a purple version of Phormium tenax. I picked them thinking that the purple would set off the yellow, but I see that the thin line of orange along the edge works with the orange as well.
I’ve grown a lot of seedlings which I think are like this one above, which will turn dark orange. I’m gradually planting them out in quite big patches. It takes a little planning but they are not too hard to move if I get it wrong.
I picked these because they are lovely and make a change, but also because I thought for some reason that the bees weren’t fond of them. Research suggests that I have this wrong, so I will have to watch next week and see. The Bees are racing to fill up their honey stores before Winter so I want to leave their favourite flowers for them.
There are several different types of Kniphofia available and they come from different areas in Africa so will flower at different times, mostly during our Autumn, Winter, and Spring but a few odd ones in Summer.
At Rambling in the Garden Spring is advancing bringing vases full of flowers to enjoy or you can add your own.