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Flower of the week: Penstemon Riding Hood ‘Delft Blue’

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I took these photos before seven this morning, hoping that the early light would give a truer colour than bright sunshine. They still give no idea of the wonderful, intense purple-blue of the flowers. This is a new plant to me and one I’m very pleased with. I bought it at the nursery sale last year and it came through the winter, no problem. Unlike the penstemon I perhaps mistakenly put it next to, it has a very neat, compact habit, so will never flop. Not that the big one flops because I supported it early with one of my hazel wigwams. Penstemons are great garden plants. Flower all summer, drought resistant, easy to propagate. What’s not to like?

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Penstemon

I like penstemons, too. I've grown a variety called Husker's Red, which is white with dark red foliage. That's a nice one.

Re: Penstemon

Yes, that is a nice one, although it was short lived with me.
What a stunning colour. They are very pretty :)
It's an extraordinary colour! I wish I could have captured it better in the pic.