Perennials forum: Penstemon

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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Apr 21, 2012 6:15 PM CST
I love penstemons the ones that do well here in my northern garden are the old husker's red, dark towers and mystica. This year I found a new that has the red stems and have ordered it from Klehm's Song Sparrow it is named Pocahontas it gets 36-48 inches tall. I am excited about having a new penstemon in my garden.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 22, 2012 3:23 AM CST
Wow, that one is a beauty. I am getting more and more into the penstemmons. I have a couple that are doing well, but this touch of purple with the red stems is very desirable, I think. My goal this year is to continue to add more purple and chartreuse/lime/citrus green (whatever you call it) plants to my gardens and yard.

Please post photos as yours grows and blooms. Thanks for sharing this. Thumbs up

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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Apr 22, 2012 7:11 AM CST
The only penstemons that survive in my garden are those with the touch of purple in the foilage. I have tried a couple of the more colorful blooms with green foilage, they just don't survive here. I will try to remember to take photos and post them.
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SongofJoy
Apr 22, 2012 7:13 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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springcolor
Apr 22, 2012 9:23 AM CST
I have trouble with Penstemon too. I think in winter they like a bit of snow cover, that we mostly never get. The freezing and thawing does them in.
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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Apr 22, 2012 10:12 AM CST
Not sure why the green foilage ones don't like my garden the others have been in my garden for at least a couple of years. Some winters we have consistent snow cover but not always and we do have plenty of freeze and thaw. Guess I will just be happy with the ones that do grow here, the foilage looks nice all summer with the purplish color and the blooms are nice softer colors.
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CindiKS
May 3, 2012 1:20 PM CST
On a normal winter, we have only a few days of snow cover, and constant freeze/thaw cycles. My penstemons not only thrive, but self-seed everywhere! Husker Red is 3' tall now, blooming like crazy, and it is 100 yards away from where I planted the first one 3 years ago. (Winter of 2010, temps got down to 17 below, so i know these are very hardy. We had no snow cover when we had the extreme low temps.)
I think they are crossing, too, because I have some newer shades of purple and pink that came out of the Pikes Peak purple .
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