Here in Boston, this was a good year learning about Penstemon and I've grown some species in pots filled with various gravel and grit, thanks to help I received here. Now I'm ready to go a step further. I have a small sunny area of about 6 or 8 feet long and 1 foot wide at the front of a flower bed, in which I'd like to create a small rock garden to grow some of the low-growing Penstemon species, maybe even some of the blue-flowering ones. But I have no idea how to create a small rock garden. Can someone point me in a good direction? Are there resources for doi
11) Penstemon and other Scrophulariaceae
I'm growing several European hybrid strains of Penstemon (Twizzle and Rondo) that I started from seed and now have growing nicely inside under growlights. I also winter-sowed several species in milk jugs which surprisingly are doing reasonably well (though still only tiny seedlings) considering they're growing in regular moisture-retentive potting soil: P. pallidus, P. grandiflorus, P. richardsonii, P. serrulatus, P. tubaeflorus, P. cardwellii, P. cardinalis.
Here in Boston, over the next week I'm going to start seed for various species of Penstemon in pots which I'll cover with window screen and leave outside. To prepare, I went to Agway and bought 50 lbs of pea gravel, 50 lbs of Turface, 10 lbs. chicken grit (maybe I should get turkey grit instead?) and 10 lbs crushed oyster shells. I also have regular potting mix that I would use for my regular non-Penstemon east coast species.
I'm here in Boston and want to start thinking about how to provide the drainage that many Penstemon species need since I don't yet have a rock garden. I've had reasonable luck with some of the eastern species in my regular (fairly rich) garden soil but now want to try my hand at some of the western species as well. Can I possibly provide the drainage and thinnish soil that the Penstemon need by digging in a good amount of pea stone/gravel to my regular soil in those beds where I want to grow them?
Hello, I'm in eastern Massachusetts in zone 6b, new to NARGS, and have recently fallen in love with Penstemon even though I know most species are native to the west. I have a regular flower bed (not a rock garden and not amended with sand or gravel) that I'd like to give over to Penstemon next year. I'd like to grow several different species from seed.
Kind of a poor photo... I found seed of this Penstemon just outside Canyonlands on a roadcut. Serrated green-grey leaves with stalks that were about 24" - 30" tall.
Appreciating penstemons at a rather different level than usual, here are some close-ups of the flowers of Penstemon venustus, showing some of the identifying features, as referenced from Lodewick and Lodewick (Key to the Genus Penstemon).
The stamen filaments are hairy just below the anther*: