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Penstemon - hybrid 'Dark Towers' / Bearded Tongue

    Penstemon - hybrid 'Dark Towers' / Bearded Tongue

    Penstemon hybrid 'Dark Towers' is a popular herbaceous perennial known for its striking, dark foliage and showy spikes of tubular flowers in shades of pink and purple.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 60-90 cm (24-36 inches)
    • Spread: 45-60 cm (18-24 inches)
    • Flower color: Pink and purple
    • Flowering period: Late spring to early summer
    • Foliage: Deep burgundy
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil requirements: Well-draining soil, pH 6.0-7.5
    • Hardiness Zone: 5

    Penstemon hybrid 'Dark Towers' is an excellent choice for mixed borders, rock gardens, and cottage gardens. It is also a great plant for attracting hummingbirds and bees.

    This penstemon is a low-maintenance plant that is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. Its striking foliage adds color and texture to the garden, and its tubular flowers provide a source of nectar for pollinators.

    Companion Plants:
    1. Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) - Both penstemon and echinacea have similar sun and soil requirements, and their flowers complement each other well. The dark red blooms of 'Dark Towers' pair nicely with the pinkish-purple flowers of Echinacea purpurea.
    2. Salvia nemorosa (Meadow Sage) - Another sun-loving perennial, Salvia nemorosa has a similar upright growth habit to Penstemon 'Dark Towers.' The violet-blue flowers of Salvia contrast nicely with the dark red of 'Dark Towers.'
    3. Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-Eyed Susan) - The bright yellow flowers of Rudbeckia provide a striking contrast to the deep red blooms of Penstemon 'Dark Towers.' They both prefer full sun and well-draining soil, making them good companions in the garden.

    Care Instructions:
    Penstemon hybrid 'Dark Towers' prefers well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade. Water regularly, especially during hot and dry periods. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms. Cut back the foliage in fall or leave it over winter for added interest.

    Final Thoughts:
    Penstemon hybrid 'Dark Towers' is a stunning addition to any garden with its dark foliage and colorful flowers. It requires little maintenance and attracts beneficial pollinators.