Flowering from mid-summer into autumn, Penstemon "King George V" adds a valuable source of late nectar and colour to the garden.
It's scarlet-red bell-shaped flowers, with streaked white throats, are smaller but similar to the Foxglove's.
The narrow, glossy leaves on the upright flowering stems form a green bushy base.
Rich scarlet-red bell-shaped flowers
An upright, bushy, semi-evergreen half-hardy perennial. A beautiful addition to the middle of any mixed border and cottage garden. Also makes an excellent cut flower.
Aspect: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Moist, well-drained.
Height: 0.5 - 1 metre.
Width: Up to 0.5 metres.
Flowering period: July to October.
Deadheading faded flowers lengthens the flowering season. Cut back by a third in winter and then cut remaining foliage back hard in spring after the last frost. Congested clumps can be lifted and divided in spring.
Plants are of 9 cms – 1 litre pot size, but to reduce use of plastic we reuse our pots and supply plants wrapped in newspaper. We mix and use our own compost.