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Tall, dramatic red-hot pokers create architectural impact in sunny gardens. Their 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 full sun positions, the yellow or bronzy daisy flowers of helenium provide a marked contrast to the vertical spires of red-hot poker.Artemisia
In late summer and fall, the slender, airy flower spikes of white mugwort provide an informal foil for the somewhat-stiff red-hot pokers in sunny gardens.Salvia
The loose habit and sky blue flowers of blue salvia provide informality and a color complement to late-summer- and fall-blooming red-hot pokers.