Penstemon plants for landscape color. They will bloom from early spring until mid-fall with the majority of flowers showing up all spring long. They tolerate sandy soils which makes them perfect for the southwest. These plants are also called “Beardtongues“. They are deciduous and the flowers can be used as a floral arrangement.
Where to plant Penstemons?
Plant in the background in front of smaller perennials or annuals such as petunias or verbenas. Use them in mass for a neat early spring show of flowers. It is considered a herbaceous perennial (non-woody plant) throughout the southwest. They love full sun and are moderate to low water plants.
Do Hummingbirds like this plant?
Yes, they do. Not only hummingbirds but butterflies also love penstemons. The tubular flowers are perfect for hummingbirds and they are perennials which means they come back year after year.
Penstemon plants for your landscape.
Red Rocks Penstemon
Penstemon plants for landscape color
The Red Rocks Penstemon have showy spikes of bright rose-red flowers. They have mounded dark green foliage throughout summer. This is a native hybrid and can tolerate poor soils and conditions. It will get about 2 ft. tall but the spikey bloom will shoot out another 1-2 ft. taller.
Penstemon strictus. (Rocky Mountain Penstemon)
Photo Courtesy – Jerry Friedman. Penstemon strictus.
There are numerous types of Penstemons. Check out Monrovia’s page about other hybrid Penstemons plants.
Use they Hyssop plant as a companion plant.
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