Penstemon 'Raven' (Bird Series)

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Buy Penstemon 'Raven' (Bird Series) beard tongue: Dramatic, deep purple, foxglove-like flowers

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection in cold areas)

    Elegant spikes of small, tubular, foxglove-like flowers appear from July to October among lance-shaped, bright green leaves. This easy-to-grow perennial will quickly form large, leafy clumps and is perfect for adding a splash of colour to the middle of a sunny, well-drained border. If you deadhead regularly, the flowers will persist until the first frosts. The rich, deep purple flowers of this variety contrast particularly well with purples and acid greens.

  • Garden care: Remove the faded blooms regularly to prolong flowering. Apply a dry mulch around the base of the plant to protect the roots from frost damage and cut back in spring when new shoots appear low down on the stem. Lift and divide congested clumps in spring.

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Notes on Penstemon 'Raven' (Bird Series)

"Purple-black flowers on this floriferous penstemon with white shading - strong, vibrant but never sombre - mix it with pale-lemon achilleas and anthemis"

Beautiful Penstemen

5

Lovey plant and colour

Catjulieb

Surrey

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Prolific and long flowering

5

Lovely colour and coverage. Flowered well into autum and great for bees and insects. Good coverage and great companion plant in a range of locations

Maid Marian

Gloucestershire

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excellent as always

5

Cannot believe this was still bushy and green and flowering happily into the New Year. Expected it to die back before Christmas, so unfortunately had to cut it down in the end as looked out of place in the winter border. Stunning colour and has formed a nice big clump. ps. haven't checked it since the Beast from the East roared in, but took plenty of cuttings!

fairplay

East Yorkshire

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Would definitely recommend

5

Very attractive border plant

Glamgran

Bedfordshire

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Beautiful

5

Purchased late in the season, however they bloomed quickly and (given the mild weather) far into the Autumn,and have not yet lost their leaves! So far they seem resilient. They are planted in small troughs in an area that gets morning sun and partial shade in the afternoon. The blackberry colour is rich and soft. I can't wait for the summer again!

NB

London

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Highly recommended

5

Keep deadheading and this plant will reward you by continuing to flower. Its deep colour has a useful place in the border.

RosieJoy

Surrey

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Penstemon'Raven'

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Are these suited to patio pots? We have chimney pots to plant so am after a droopy flower.

ANNE

Hello, These can be grown in good-sized pots provided they are kept well fed and watered.

Helen

Plants for a sunny border to compliment a tangerine coloured Rose....... Hi, I have a newly built patio, which incorporates a 5 metre by just over 1 metre bed, south facing in full sun. (when the sun shines!) I have already purchased 8 tangerine roses which I had thought to underplant with some Alchemilla mollis... but I am at a bit of a loss. I had thought to make it very bright with the tangerine/lime colourway but maybe I need to add some dark purple leaved Heuchera? Do they like full sun? Also I would have liked some height at the back....? On the north length of the bed is the patio, on the south length are two oak sleeper holding back a raised lawn. Can you please help me, I started off doing my purchases from you but really I need some professional advice as to what will work together. The 8 rose bushes are the only purchase so far. Regards

Heather Morss

Hello There, I like all your ideas and think it will look very dramatic. Both the Alchemilla and the Heucheras will flourish in full sun or partial shade so they should be absolutely fine. I would not go for anything else too tall as the roses are only reasonably compact and will prefer not to have too much competition, however you could put in a few dark purple Penstemons such as P. Raven to add a bit of height. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/penstemon-raven/classid.7316/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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