Dry garden, little irrigation, 9" precip
Shoshone Idaho USA. Zone 5b-6a
Hot and dry in the summer, cold and snow in the winter.
Gorgeous! It reminds me of my sister's garden in Southern California. Thanks for posting.
Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8
Thank you Claire. I have so much fun out in the garden, I can only imagine how fun it would be to garden in Southern Cali.
Wow, beautiful shot - both your plantings and the natural landscape in the distance!
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
I noticed on your blog you have pics of one of my favorite plants, Penstemon grandiflorus.
Any hints on getting them to flowering size from seed? Is it best sown in situ or started in a seed-pot?
I'll be ordering them again from the NARGS Seedex when it "goes live" on Tuesday!
Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C
How much seed would you like, Fermi?
How about a hundred (really!) send me an email after you look at my seed offer thread.
I first started the wild seed (collected in Isanti County, MN) in a pot and they transplanted fine. In the last 8 years, they just reseed in the dry garden, and last for about 4-5 years. They don't like rich soil, and will only tolerate clay if it is dry. In wild Minnesota, they are always in pure sand, but not so dry that it is desert-like. Too wet or too rich soil will cause them to flop or grow horizontally, and then they likely won't last the ensuing winter. But of all the glaucous glabrous succulent leaf penstemon species, this one should be the most moisture tolerant.
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Someone gave me a couple of plants and ever sense they have been popping up every where. A wonderfull plant for the dry garden.
Ha ha, wonderful photo! A Joshua tree all ready for Christmas!