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Penstemon - Beardtongues

Penstemons (Beardtongue) are brilliant performers in summer borders year after year. Easy to grow, they are so versatile that they have a place anywhere in the garden. And if you deadhead them, they’ll keep on flowering for many weeks. Some will survive the winter in their positions, but they’re pretty simple to propagate too – every gardener’s dream.

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Penstemon 'Alice Hindley' (Beardtongue)

Taller than most Penstemons, award-winning Penstemon 'Alice Hindley' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial boasting incredibly pretty, bell-shaped, pale mauve flowers with contrasting white throats.

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Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' (Beardtongue)

A very attractive Penstemon variety, Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial with erect dark reddish stems boasting large, bell-shaped, white-throated, pale pink flowers, 1 in. long (2.5 cm). They rise above the foliage of lance-shaped medium-green leaves. A compact, vigorous and fast-growing variety that is excellent in pots and containers as well as directly in the garden.

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Penstemon 'Arabesque Red' (Beardtongue)

Noted for its superior garden vigor and flowering, award-winning Penstemon 'Arabesque Red' is a bushy perennial boasting unique and showy, large, bell-shaped, crimson-red flowers, 0.75 in. long (2 cm), with contrasting white throats.

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Penstemon 'Firebird' (Beardtongue)

Bold and sumptuous, award-winning Penstemon 'Firebird' or 'Schoenholzeri' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial with erect wine-red stems boasting large, bell-shaped, crimson flowers, 1.5 in. across (3.5 cm), revealing a white throat with pale pink stripes. They rise above the lush foliage of lance-shaped, deep green leaves. A floriferous, vigorous, and fast-growing variety that is excellent in pots and containers as well as directly in the garden.

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Penstemon 'Garnet' (Beardtongue)

One of the longest living Penstemon hybrids, award-winning Penstemon 'Garnet' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial with gracefully arching spikes, densely packed with garnet-red trumpet-shaped flowers revealing red-striped throats.

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Penstemon 'George Home' (Beardtongue)

Free flowering and vigorous, award-winning Penstemon 'George Home' is a bushy perennial boasting showy, funnel-shaped, broadly flared, bright cerise flowers, 1 in. long (2.5 cm), with contrasting white mouths and throats.

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Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink' (Beardtongue)

Very floriferous, award-winning Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink' is a bushy evergreen perennial with erect stems boasting large, bell-shaped, salmon-pink flowers, 1.5 in. across (3.5 cm), revealing a creamy-white throat with purple stripes. They rise above a lush foliage of lance-shaped, gray-green leaves. A very attractive, vigorous, and fast-growing variety that is excellent for adding a splash of color to the landscape.

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Penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade' (Beardtongue)

Calling out for attention, Penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade' (Beardtongue) is a clump-forming perennial boasting a spectacular display of rich lavender purple flowers adorned with pure white interiors. Blooming profusely in early to midsummer, the blossoms are borne on upright dark stems just above the foliage of deep burgundy purple leaves. They attract scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators.

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Penstemon 'Onyx and Pearls' (Beardtongue)

Penstemon 'Onyx and Pearls' (Beardtongue) is a bushy clump-forming perennial with strong, erect stems boasting clusters of trumpet-shaped, soft lavender flowers with white interiors from early to midsummer. They rise above a particularly handsome foliage of lance-shaped, black leaves.

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Penstemon 'Rich Ruby' (Beardtongue)

Award-winning Penstemon 'Rich Ruby' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial with erect purplish stems boasting large, bell-shaped, burgundy-red flowers with distinctive white stamens in the lower throat.

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Penstemon 'Stapleford Gem' (Beardtongue)

A very popular Penstemon variety, award-winning Penstemon 'Stapleford Gem' is a bushy semi-evergreen perennial with erect panicles boasting large, richly colored bell-shaped flowers

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Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtongue)

Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtonge) is a clump-forming perennial with erect, loose spikes boasting brilliant scarlet, tubular flowers borne in profusion in the spring and again in the fall. They rise above the lush foliage of lance-shaped, medium-green leaves. 

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Penstemon centranthifolius (Scarlet Bugler)

A favorite with hummingbirds, Penstemon centranthifolius (Scarlet Bugler) is a showy perennial with ascending stems laden with brilliant red to orange-red, nearly radially symmetrical flowers in mid-spring to mid-summer. The tubular flowers attract bees, bumblebees, butterflies, and especially hummingbirds. They rise above a basal rosette of broadly spoon-shaped, waxy gray leaves that are attractive in their own right.

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Penstemon cobaea (Prairie Beardtongue)

A real standout in the landscape, Penstemon cobaea (Prairie Beardtongue) is a clump-forming perennial boasting loose panicles of large, white to violet to deep purple flowers in mid to late spring. The tubular flowers, 2 in. long (5 cm), are larger than most penstemons, and they cover at least half the stems.

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Penstemon confertus (Yellow Penstemon)

Noted for its unusual color, Penstemon confertus (Yellow Penstemon) is a perennial or subshrub with upright stems boasting showy wands of very pale, soft yellow, tiny flowers in mid-summer. Blooming profusely for several weeks, the blossoms attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The flowers are carried above a foliage mat of bright green, lance-shaped leaves. 1-4 in. long (2-10 cm).

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