|Echinops and Kniphofia in my front border|
|Closeup of Echinops flowers|
|Closeup of Kniphofia flower|
The other plant in this combination is a very large kniphofia that I got so many years ago that I have forgotten its name. I think I got it from Plant Delights and it was touted as a very large plant, and indeed it is. Right now the plant is at least 7 feet tall. Because we had such a mild winter last year the foliage of this kniphofia did not die back and that may have contributed to its great size this year. Usually I cut all the foliage back in the spring, but not this year.
I used to grow a great many kniphofias, but this is the only one I have in my garden now. Many of them were planted in parts of my garden that got too shady for them, and others I got rid of because I thought that, just like the echinops, they were too messy. I have not written kniphofias off, however, There are many that I like a lot, and the hummingbirds like them too. I am sure that I will acquire more of them in the future.