Plant Family / 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.
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.
Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' is a clump-forming perennial with erect stems boasting brilliant scarlet, tubular flowers borne in profusion in the spring and again in the fall. They rise above a lush foliage of lance-shaped, medium green leaves.衞
One of the showiest of all Penstemons, Penstemon grandiflorus (Large Beardtongue) is a herbaceous perennial boasting upright racemes of large, pink to lavender, horizontally arranged, tubular flowers, 2 in. long (5 cm). Blooming for a few weeks in late spring to early summer, the striking blossoms attract bees, hummingbirds and birds but are ignored by deer.
A pretty hybrid Penstemon, Penstemon x mexicali ' 'Pike's Peak Purple' is a bushy perennial with short spikes of bright violet-purple trumpet flowers revealing white throats.