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Penstemons

Updated: Jul 15


If you’re looking for a high-impact, long-blooming perennial with low water requirements and amazing diversity, penstemons are the answer.


Penstemon, the beardtongues, is a large genus of roughly 250 species of flowering plants native mostly to the Nearctic, but with a few species also found in the North American portion of the Neotropics. It is the largest genus of flowering plants endemic to North America.


Penstemons are extremely hardy and a reliable performer in the heat of summer, plus they are frost tolerant, makes these beautiful cottage evergreen perennials suitable for a wide range of positions and soils. Preferring a full sun position, penstemons will also grow well in a shaded position but they might not flower as prolifically as if they were in the sun. Maintenance is simple, lightly prune at the start of each spring.


Penstemon flowers attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.


Excellent cut flowers with a vase life of up to 7 days.


Penstemons are gentle plans and don't take over the garden. They look great growing with roses, salvias, yarrow, scabious and so much more. Penstemons are suited to cottage gardens, meadow gardens, wild gardens and can also be grown in pots.


Penstemon ‘Thorn’ has white flowers tinged with deep pink at the tips of the lobes. Height 80cm.

















Penstemon 'Blackbird' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial boasting incredibly pretty, bell-shaped, deep rich claret flowers. Grows to a height of 1m.


Penstemon 'Firebird' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial boasting incredibly pretty, bell-shaped, crimson flowers with a throat of white with pale pink stripes. Grows to a height of 90cm.











Penstemon 'Lilac Moon' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial boasting incredibly pretty, bell-shaped, soft lilac flowers. Grows to a height of 80cm.






Penstemon 'Rose Robin' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial boasting incredibly pretty, bell-shaped, rich pink flowers. Grows to a height of 60cm.






Penstemon 'Evelyn' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial boasting incredibly pretty, bell-shaped, rose-pink flowers with a throat of white with dark red stripes. Grows to a height of 60cm.


Penstemon 'Heavenly Blue' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial boasting incredibly pretty, bell-shaped, electric blue with lilac undertones. Grows to a height of 40cm.



Penstemon 'Mother of Pearl' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial boasting incredibly pretty, bell-shaped, soft mauve infused with white flowers. Grows to a height of 60cm.


Penstemon 'Sour Grapes' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial boasting incredibly pretty, bell-shaped purple flowers with fine white stripes in the throat. Grows to a height of 60cm.



Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink' has a profusion of salmon pink flowers with deeper streaks of salmon within the white throats. Hidcote Pink's flowers are a little thinner than the other Penstemons.




Penstemon 'Catherine de la Mare' is a spreading, woody-based, semi-evergreen perennial to 50cm tall, with dull, bluish-green leaves and dense racemes of purplish-blue flowers 3cm long, borne on reddish stems in summer.


Penstemon 'Alice Hindley' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial boasting incredibly pretty, bell-shaped, pale mauve flowers with a white throat. Grows to a height of 1m.



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