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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Sunset zones: Not Listed.
USDA zones: 7 -10.
Height: 18-24 inches (45-60 cm).
Width: 12 inches (30 cm).
Midsummer to mid autumn.
Tubular, bell-shaped, pink with a tint of blue flower.
Evergreen, narrow leaf.
Fertile, well-drained soil.
I keep penstemons on the lean side, because they tend to live longer if not over fertilized. Side-dress with compost or manures in fall. Feed in spring with a complete organic fertilizer.
Divide in late spring. | Softwood cuttings in spring.
Deadhead as flowers fade to prolong blooming; cut back to lateral flowers or buds. Later cut old flowering stems back to basal foliage. The foliage will remain evergreen through winter.
Rainy Side Notes
With its pastel pink flowers, Penstemon 'Evelyn' is best planted in a pastel garden. However, I paired it with the deep burgundy foliage of Ladies Anne's lace (Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'), a pleasing combination. This bushy perennial is hardier than most penstemons. Its lineage is not known for sure; it most likely has P. barbatus in its parentage. This is a short-lived perennial worth growing for its long-blooming period, and fine textured leaves. Another benefit, it attracts hummingbirds.
In 1993, the Royal Horticultural Society gave this plant an Award of Garden Merit.
Photographed in author's garden.
Perennials indexed by botanical names. Click on corresponding letter below.