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Fire Glow Kniphofia

Native to South Africa and commonly known as Red Hot Poker plants, this clumping perennial grown from rhizomes has narrow foliage and summertime blooms on tall stems. The flowers can last for weeks and give a dash of exotic flare for cut flower arrangements. Cutting the flower stalks can often encourage the production of more blossoms. Hummingbirds love the flowers and the plants are considered drought tolerant and rabbit resistant. They prefer sun to partial shade, have a mature size of 18-24” height and spread. Grows best in Zones 5-10.

White African Iris

Also known as Butterfly Iris, this variety is simple to maintain and fits into virtually any garden. Tall evergreen leaves are topped with an array of a white, yellow and purple bloom from spring through summer. The blooms only last a day, but new ones replace them throughout the season. White African Iris can tolerate heat, drought and neglect once established. They thrive in fertile, well-drained soils, and are perfect for planting beside water features. Sold in both one and three-gallon sizes here at Creekside Nursery, plant them in sun to partial shade in Zones 8-11. It is advisable to divide large clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring and to remove old bloom stalks to encourage new growth.

Bottlebrushes

Bottlebrushes are one of our most popular selling shrubs here at Creekside Nursery. With offerings of varieties from dwarf to tree form, we can surely fill your planting needs. The Little John (dwarf) variety is covered with the signature shaped red blooms and is a perfect fit for smaller gardens. The Hardy and Hannah Ray varieties make stunning hedges or eye-catching specimen plants. The larger shrub forms can also be shaped into tree form. Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators flock to these showy shrubs. The blooms in the large varieties can be used in cut flower arrangements. Bottlebrushes are heat tolerant and can withstand some colder temps as well.

Ajuga Catlin's Giant

This evergreen perennial with its glossy purple-bronze leaves, will form a quick dense mat of foliage. With a center spike of tiny blue-violet flower that can reach 12" tall creates a stunning display from mid to late spring. This Ajuga makes a lovely thick ground cover in shade to part shade areas, where grass has a hard time growing. This plant tends to be rabbit and deer resistant as well as low maintenance and pest free.

Princess Caroline Fountain Grass

This ornamental grass does not usually produce blooms or plumage, but the eye-catching colored leaves are what sells it. With its brilliant, green and maroon-purple foliage, this grass stands up well to heat and humidity. Prefers full to mostly sunny locations and once fully established can withstand periods without watering. Attention-grabbing in beds and stunning when planted en masse, this variety can grow 2-3' H and 3-4' W outdoors in Zones 8-10. But can also be planted in containers and brought indoors for overwintering in cooler areas. It is considered deer resistant and does not suffer issues with most insects or diseases.