Yellow Jacob's Ladder. A nice unexpected departure from the usual blue flowers of Polemonium as these are yellow with lacquered tomato. This little flowering powerhouse hails from the Southwest and northern Mexico and can put all it has to give into the many flowers so save seed and you can let it self-sow.
This hybrid of Arctostaphylos coloradoensis is an introduction from the PlantSelect program in Colorado. This evergreen smaller Manzanita from the Rockies is going to be very cold and heat tolerant A low spreading shrub 1 to 2 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet across with soft pink flowers.
A Plant Select release out of Colorado, this is a vigorous and floriferous selection of the species getting 12"-18" tall and wider. This has myriad tubular, orange flowers that are hummingbird crack which flower for many weeks in summer to early fall. Low water needs, don't kill it with the kindness of rich compost. Another positive is that deer - ours anyway - don't like Penstemon.
A wild collection from 4450' in Eddy County New Mexico. With stems to 3', the tubular red flowers rank one side of the stem looking very refined. An unspoken secret of the very refined is their dense scruff of golden, decidedly pubic hairs just inside the throat. These catch and transfer pollen while keeping the flower's naughty bits hot, steamy and ready.
Whipple's Penstemon. Broadly distributed on both sides of the Rockies down the US, this should be more widely available. Most commonly with clustered down-turned trumpets of a rich burgundy to purple, different population can also be white or lavender. Very pleasing in all of its forms, this is a good garden plant taking more moisture than a lot of the rock garden Penstemons.
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