Name: Kniphofia ‘Mango Popsicle’ ‘Papaya Popsicle’ and ‘Pineapple Popsicle’
Type of Plant: Perennial for full sun in zones 6 -8
Why I love this: In the past I didn’t pay any attention to the Kniphofias commonly known as red hot pokers. They were glorious for the ten minutes when they were in bloom, but after that they didn’t bring much to my party. After suffering through a short flowering period I found that they frequently died in the first winter. So I wrote them off and moved on to other perennials. Then Terra Nova Nurseries sent me some of their Popsicle series to try and I have fallen in love.
These plants keep blooming! I just planted and ignored the sample plants I received, since that is how I see what a plant will do when most people grow it, and wonder of wonders they continued to flower. And flower, and flower and flower. I loved the plants in my trial garden so much I bought more this year and have placed them in prime time locations. Now I deadhead them, not to stimulate new flowers but to clean up the plant so that the continual flowering shows off well.
A Word to the Wise: Kniphofia does best in well drained soils. In general they hate having wet feet, so if your soil tends toward the rich or clay side, place these on a slope.