Red hot pokers

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Red hot pokers: First of all, tall, dramatic red-hot pokers create architectural impact in sunny gardens.
The bold spikes of brilliantly colored tubular flowers are set among sword-shape leaves.
Most varieties are hybrid selections. They need a humus-rich soil that is well-drained and light.

In addition, red hot poker plants are very easy to grow. They like full sun.
It is important to avoid wet soils, as the crowns can rot.  This tough-as-nails, sun-loving perennial produces tall spikes of red, yellow, or bi colored flowers in mid- to late summer.

Furthermore,  red hot poker’s flowers are also nectar-rich, so they will draw butterflies and hummingbirds from miles around.   Plus, even when not in bloom, the lance-shaped foliage of red hot poker adds interest and texture in the garden.

Mix in compost when planting, if your soil is not rich.  Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that. Once your red hot poker are established, they should grow well with few problems.
They will grow on their own with little care or attention.
Enjoy these blooms.

You will definitely find hummingbirds around your red hot pokers.
They are attracted to the tubular flowers.  Red is best colour for attracting hummingbirds.  Flower spikes will begin to bloom in the spring.  Always dead head the spent spikes, to promote continuous blooms all the way to autumn. Remove the entire spike.

Red hot poker plants are heat and drought tolerant. Watering them during the driest periods of summer is recommended. They will do well in mid-summer’s heat. In cold weather areas, add 2-3 inches of mulch before winter to protect the crowns.   Insect and disease problems are uncommon.

Some common types of red hot pokers are:
Helenium:
These are long-blooming and they light up the late-season garden with showy daisy flowers in brilliant yellows, browns, and mahogany.  They are centered with prominent yellow or brown discs.
Many of the best cultivars are hybrids.  All are excellent for cutting.
Deadhead to extend bloom time, and divide the clumps every couple of years to ensure vigor.

Artemisias:
Grow artemisias for the magnificent silver foliage. These are nothing short of stunning next to white or blue flowers. They thrive in hot, dry, sunny conditions such as a south-facing slope.
These plants spread rapidly to the point of being aggressive.

Salvias:
There are hundreds of different types of salvias, commonly called sage.
They all tend to share beautiful, tall flower spikes and attractive, often grey-green leaves.
Countless sages , including the herb used in cooking, are available to decorate ornamental gardens.

On square stems, clothed with often-aromatic leaves, sages carry dense or loose spires of tubular flowers.
These flowers come in bright blues, violets, yellow, pinks, and red that mix well with other perennials in beds and borders.  Provide full sun or very light shade, in well-drained average soil.
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