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Beardtongue Plant

Beardtongue Plant

Beardtongue Plant

Beardtongue plants typically bloom in early summer, filling that gap between the end of spring bulbs and the maturing of summer flowers like coneflowers, yarrow, and coreopsis. Most penstemons are 1 to 3 feet tall, but Palmer’s penstemon can grow up to 6 feet, giving you options for the middle and back of the border. Keep the penstemon flowerbed weeded regularly. A 3-inch layer of organic mulch can help to control weeds, and rock mulch is also a suitable choice. You can cut the spent flower stems back after blooming to help plants look tidy. Penstemons don’t compete well with other plants, so give them plenty of space in the garden. Beardtongue Plant is a flowering, cultivated plant. It belongs to the mint family, and is indigenous the Middle East and Mediterranean, growing predominantly in Southwestern Asia and Western Asia. It was first described, in 1753, by Wiliam Hamilton and Carl Linnaeus.

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Penstemons are easy to start from seed, which is just as well, as many of the species are short-lived perennials. Seeds may germinate better after a period of aging, mimicking their conditions in the wild, so you can store seed for several years before planting. If you sow the seeds in the garden, do so in autumn, to allow a natural stratification period. Alternatively, you can stratify the seeds in the refrigerator for three months if you plan to start them indoors. If you purchase penstemon seeds, be sure to check the growing zone, as tender varieties like the ‘Tubular Bells’ series are often sold alongside the hardy perennial types. Don’t know what I did wrong but I do have a brown thumb and nothing ever grows for me, so my reputation is again intact! I removed the plants from the buckets, broke the root ball by separating the roots from the compacted soil. Planted them in the ground, watered with Miracle Grow. They get watered 3 to 4 times a week with the yard watering, but each has its individual spout and I checked to be sure that station is working.

Penstemon plants (Beardtongue) come in a variety of shapes, colors and bloom times to deliver texture and dimension to your garden across the seasons. Penstemon love hot, sunny, dry growing conditions. A favorite of hummingbirds, Beardtongue are low-care, big-color wildflowers that grow quickly when planted in the spring. Native Americans used Penstemon in a variety of remedies. Please note that many of our selections are best grown in western gardens (denoted by the cowboy hat symbol). Learn more: read our Growing Penstemon article.Penstemon plants (Beardtongue) come in a variety of shapes, colors and bloom times to deliver texture and dimension to your garden across the seasons. Penstemon love hot, sunny, dry growing conditions. A favorite of hummingbirds, Beardtongue are low-care, big-color wildflowers that grow quickly when planted in the spring. Native Americans used Penstemon in a variety of remedies. Please note that many of our selections are best grown in western gardens (denoted by the cowboy hat symbol). Learn more: read our Growing Penstemon article. (Source: www.highcountrygardens.com)

 

 

 

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