The latest additions to the garden- bought this morning at my favorite local garden center- I only buy local plants and get fantastic prices! Check your area to see if you can buy local as well and support nurseries in your area.
Bearded Tongue or Penstemon ‘Husker’s Red’ and Salvia greggii ‘Lipstick’ got planted today after a trip with a friend to buy some plants for her yard.
Here are pics of these two perennials and some basic care info.
Bearded Tongue Penstemon ‘Husker’s Red’
Basic care info:
Deep red foliage with white/bright pink blooms.
Full Sun- at least 5-6 hours of afternoon sun is best
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Blooms May-October- deadhead promptly for continual blooms
Grows to 30 inches tall and 2 feet wide.
Drought tolerant once established- be sure to water plant when top 3 inches of soil is dry during the first growing season.
Likes well-drained soil, mulch plant and water only during drought conditions once established.
Salvia greggii ‘Lipstick’
Basic Care Info:
Water occasionally and then only during severe drought once established.
This specific cultivator has red blooms. It has an upright bushy habit and is free-flowering, especially in the heat of summer.
Evergreen in the southern parts of the US. Very drought tolerant once established.
Soft, green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant throughout the season.
Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent.
This plant attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil.
Over time in climates with mild winters- it will grow to the size of a small shrub.
It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too.
In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and resprout from the base.