PENSTEMON 'Garnet' commonly known as Beard tongue s a bushy semi-evergreen perennial to 90cm in height, with narrow, dark foliage and erect racemes of tubular bell-shaped, deep wine-red flowers 3cm in length, marked white in the throat.
In cultivation for about 90 years, named Garnet by plantsman Graham Stuart Thomas. Proper name is Andenken an Friedrich Hahn. Deadhead to prolong flowering and leave foliage through winter for protection.
Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. Vigorous, bushy, narrow-leaved perennial producing small tubular-bell-shaped flowers 2.5-3cm (1-1¼in) long.
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F).
- Penstemon Garnet (Beard tongue)
- An Evergreen that prefers full sun
- Fertile well drained soil
- Give winter mulch
- Height - 80cm (32in)
- Spread - 60cm (24in)
- Flowers July to October
- Supplied 1.5 or 2 litre pot
- Supplied in packs of 1 and 3
- Allow 7 - 14 days for delivery