Bev Jensen must be one serious hottie with a casual morality to have this Penstemon named after her. Large seductive come-hither pink flowers with a brush of white on the belly and flaring widely open in the most welcoming manner. Many weeks of bloom. Don't overwater and little or no fertilizer.
A time-tested durable perennial for the garden which boasts deep purple flowers thatt continue into fall if dead-headed. If you can't be bothered to dead-head, then you will just have to content yourself with 2 months of outrageous color in early summer on a plant which will get to 3' by 3'.
Like many of the hybrid herbaceous Penstemons, this is a blooming fool with big Foxglove-like pink flowers that have a showy white throat with a distinct darker necklace of demarcation between the white and the pink. It's the little things that pique our interest. Grow this lean with little or no fertilizer.
Serious flower production that goes on summer into fall without it ever saying 'Nevermore". Big claret foxglove-like trumpets with a white eye beckon, entice and envelop a variety of bees in their deep-throated velvety embrace. (I had to step away from writing this for just a minute - never wanted to be a bee so badly before) Blooms all summer, really.
This easy to grow hybrid penstemon is beautiful both in bud, with it vibrant pink tip, and open, with the pink lip transitioning to a white throat. It flowers from mid summer until late fall, and responds well to dead heading. It will last for many years in the garden. And the deer ignore it.
Let's talk drought tolerance. This is one step up from cactus. We always marvel at this growing out of cracks in sheer basalt cliffs on the dry Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge and looking oh so good despite the most rigorous of conditions. Great for the rock garden. Good drainage. Purple-pink flowers on this evergreen subshrub.
This occurs east of the Cascades and in CA and NV at high elevations and in Sue's opinion is the best form of Penstemon procerus. Small tight ground-hugging mats of fleshy succulent green leaves are backing for the short dark blue flowers. Consummate rock garden plant.
Cascades Penstemon. Easy native Penstemon that grows from the subalpine to almost the coast from oregon to British Columbia and is one we find in our own Olympic Mts. This will grow in rocky areas but is often found in moist areas along streams and in meadows. 10"-30" tall with upright stems topped by blue-tinged purplish flowers.
A collection from the hills above Oaxaca by plantsman Chen Hao. A smaller upright shrubby species with very fine textured thin leaves and spires of small tubular pink flowers custom made for hummingbirds and other nectar feeders with enviably long tongues. This is evocative of P. kunthii except for the flower color which is paler. Something to key out this summer with chips, guac and several cold Negro Modelo.
Nice smaller hybrid between Mexican and American species which combines good vigor with sun and low water needs and a floral jewel box of garnet colored flowers in summer. Everyone wants to lay out the banquet table for hummingbirds and this should have them coming back for seconds. Good in the rock garden.
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