Penstemon barbatus, P. digitalis, P. hartwegii, P. x mexicali
RONDO Penstemon Penstemon barbatus var. praecox f. Nanus, syn. Chelone barbata var. praecox f. Nanus
Vibrant mix of pink, red, and violet flowers. These 16″ tall, evergreen perennials bloom from July to September. Rondo penstemon flowers first year when started early. Winter hardy to zone 3.
MYSTICA Penstemon Penstemon digitalis
Many spikes of large, soft lavender-pink, summer blooms. Flowers are butterfly and hummingbird magnets, are superb cut. Foliage is green in spring, morphs into bronze and red shades during summer and fall. Best leaf color when plants grown in full sun.
Mystica penstemon is an easy-to-grow, drought-tolerant, first-year blooming, 3′ tall perennial. Winter hardy to zone 3. Grows nicely with Milkmaid butterfly weed, Sterntaler coreopsis, Amber Wheels gaillardia, and Indian Spring Mix hollyhock.
SUNBURST COLOURS Penstemon
Brilliant flowers in pink, red, lavender, and purple shades. Most blooms will have white throats. These radiant blooms appear in early summer, continue into early fall. Foliage is glossy, narrow, and attractive. A first-year flowering, heavy-blooming, 1.5-2′ tall perennial.
Low maintenance plants tolerate both heat and humidity. Performance is outstanding when massed in the landscape, or mixed into borders and containers. Winter hardy to zone 5. Sunburst Colours penstemon grows beautifully with Globetrotter agastache, Sterntaler coreopsis, and Magnus Superior Echinacea.
TUBULAR BELLS SERIES Penstemon Seeds Penstemon hartwegii
Large flowers on vigorous, upright, heat-tolerant, self-cleaning, first-year flowering, 14-18″ tall perennials. Bloom begins in late spring or early summer, will continue all summer. Flowers are excellent for cutting. Tubular Bells penstemons are high-impact plants for mixed borders and containers, are especially stunning when massed.
TUBULAR BELLS WINE RED WITH WHITE THROAT Penstemon
Wine-red flowers with white throats. Plants are winter hardy to zone 7, can be grown as annuals everywhere.
TUBULAR BELLS RED Penstemon
Brilliant, deep scarlet-red flowers. Plants are winter hardy to zone 7, can be grown as annuals in any zone.
ARABESQUE RED Penstemon
Large-red, tubular flowers with white throats are loved by butterflies and hummingbirds. Blooms appear freely from summer until frost. Vigorous, 16-24″ tall plants are better branching than any penstemon from seed, are one of the most compact. Experience the high performance of Arabesque Red penstemon in your mixed borders or containers. A winter hardy perennial to zone 6, can be grown as an annual everywhere. Arabesque Red is the first penstemon to win an All-America Selections Award.
How to Plant Penstemon Seeds
Sow penstemon seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil, barely cover. Kept at 60-70° F., germination in 14-30 days. See Starting Seeds for more information.
Growing Penstemon: Penstemons prefer full sun, part sun in hottest climates. Plants need little to moderate water once established. Avoid overly fertile soil. Rondo Penstemons are especially tolerant of high heat and humidity. Flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Plants are deer resistant.