I’ve collected together our full range of Penstemon for you to scroll through with ease. Clicking on a variety will link you back to the entry in our shop. I’ve grouped the varieties sort of by colour, but with no particular skill.
- Penstemon ‘White Bedder’ (‘Snowstorm’) is a lovely stocky Penstemon whose creamy buds open to pure white flowers. White in its effect in the garden, but showing pink staining on close inspection. Flowers all summer if dead headed regularly.Introduced in 1912 by Forbes as a clone, but received its AGM from the RHS in 1930 as a seed raised strain. This possibly explains the plethora of synonyms: ‘Burford White’, ‘Hidcote White’, ‘Snowflake’, ‘Snowstorm’, ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Bisham Seedling’ (also a variety in its own right)For a sunny spot in decent soil.
- Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’ (‘Stapleford Gem’) is a larger, taller cultivar with strong upright flowering spikes of creamy white flowers, painted lilac and pink on the outside. 60cm, flowering throughout Summer.This is a cultivar with a confused history. It is entirely possible that two similar cultivars were named ‘Sour Grapes’, one raised by Nellie Britten in the late 1930’s and the other given to Marjery Fish in the 1950’s. Further confusion comes from a similarity and mixed labelling in the trade with P.’Stapleford Gem’. I don’t want to make any claims as to which ours is, I would just say that it is a strong grower of dense habit with distinctively dark, slightly hairy leaves which at some times of the year are markedly cross shaped in the way they grow on the stem. The flowers vary dependant on conditions but are a mix of lilac and blue shades and most lovely.
Penstemon ‘Pensham Czar’ is one of the modern Pensham series of Penstemons bred by Edward Wilson for strong stems and a long flowering season. It shares a similar colouring to the lovely ‘Alice Hindley’ and ‘John Nash’ but with shorter growth. The flowers are a subtle lavender with a white throat.
- Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Heavenly Blue’ is a tough penstemon forming a low mound absolutely smothered in summer in rich blue flowers. The flower colour is predominantly blue, but overlaid with tints of pink. In some conditions, the pink can be more dominant, but the overall effect of the display is always blue. Excellent garden value at the front of the border. 18in Cut back lightly in Autumn; harder in Spring
Penstemon ‘Pensham Laura’ is a modern unashamedly girly Penstemon. Its beautiful clean white tubes are boldly edged with candy pink giving a striking and irresistible contrast. It has a bushy habit and is fairly short and compact. Like most Penstemons ,Penstemon ‘Pensham Laura’ has the capacity to flower for months if dead-headed and can be one of the mainstays of the late Summer garden.
- Penstemon ‘Hidcote Pink’ is a free flowering shrubby perennial with spikes of pink tubular flowers with a red-marked cream throat. The flower spikes are narrow and the growth habit upright making a distinctive variety. Flowers are a clean sugary pink with red in the throat. A plant of excellent constitution introduced by Blooms in 1951 and assumed to have been raised at the National Trust’s garden at Hidcote. Gives a long and colourful summer display Cut back lightly in Autumn; harder in Spring
Penstemon ‘King George V’ is a good hardy Penstemon with stocky growth and rich red tubular flowers with a white throat. A great old variety which is most definitely red, not some reddy pink or rosy purple, but a good honest scarlet with a broad bright green leaf. Flowers all summer if dead-headed regularly. Sunny spot appreciated
- Penstemon ‘Firebird’ ( P.’Schoenholzeri’ ) is a free flowering shrubby perennial with spikes of tubular red flowers. It was bred for persistence and lives up to this excellently. The growth habit is lax and the foliage fine like its parent. Gives a long and colourful summer display. A very robust hybrid. Cut back lightly in Autumn; harder in Spring. Bred in Switzerland in 1939 by Paul Schoenholzer by crossing P.’Andenken an Friedrich Hahn’ x P. ‘Southgate Gem’. an attempt to remove the plum tinge from the former.
- Penstemon ‘Garnet’ ( P.’Andenken an Friederich Hahn’ ) A free flowering shrubby perennial with spikes of tubular deep wine red flowers and fine narrow foliage. A Penstemon of excellent constutution which is also attractive just in leaf. Gives a long and colourful summer display even when not deadheaded. Cut back lightly in Autumn; harder in Spring. Bred to improve the constitution of P.’Southgate Gem’ by crossing it with (possibly) P.hirsutus by the Swiss breeder, Hermann Wartmann in 1918. Although not stictly correct,the name ‘Garnet’ is the name usually applied in English speaking countries and the one under it was introduced in the 1930’s