Last year we bought a lot of penstemons (four were actually from the year before). It was my understanding that they would attract hummingbirds… which I don’t think is correct. I see the hummingbirds visiting similar plants (cape fuchsias, hardy fuchsias, salvias, foxgloves), but I don’t see them using the penstemons. Bees love the things, though. What I like most about the penstemons is that, as long as one dead-heads them, they will keep blooming for months. Last year some kept it up until the first freeze in December!
In the last post I showed pictures of the front yard. Check it out to see more pictures of the penstemons.
Penstemon ‘Hidcote Pink’:
Penstemon barbatus ‘Riding Hood Red’:
Penstemon ‘Electric Blue’ (nestled amongst sweet alyssum):
Penstemon ‘Polaris Purple’:
Penstemon ‘Hopley’s Variegated’:
Penstemon x hartwegii ‘Firebird’:
Penstemon ‘Laura’ (yes Laura!):
‘Laura’ needs to be moved away from that bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Korball’ Blue Balloon) – the bluebeard is definitely pushing ‘Laura.’ I have a spot in mind.
Penstemon ‘Mother of Pearl’:
Penstemon ‘Loganberry Ice’:
Penstemon x campanulatus ‘Garnet’:
Penstemon x hartwegii ‘Blue Midnight’:
Penstemon ‘Amelia Jayne’
I may have future penstemon posts, because I definitely am going to keep photographing them!
Penstemons are sometimes called “beard tongues” or “beardtongues,” but I always simply call them penstemons. They are evergreen-ish, but as Ciscoe Morris says, and as you can see in a previous post, it is good to give them a pruning in early spring.