Plants­man’s favourites

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Plantswoman Fleur van Zon­n­eveld se­lects her favourite plants for July

This se­lec­tion from Penstemon digitalis ‘Huskers Red’ was in­tro­duced by Hans Kramer at De Hessen­hof nurs­ery, and is named af­ter the wife of one of his teach­ers. The li­lac flow­ers stand out well against its black-red stems and dark, red-pur­ple leaves. Pen­ste­mons are sta­ble, hardy plants for the mid­dle of a bor­der, and this one not only flow­ers for a long time it pro­duces dec­o­ra­tive seed­heads in au­tumn. It looks beau­ti­ful grown be­tween the blue-green leaves and pur­ple peaks of the switch grass Pan­icum vir­ga­tum ‘Heiliger Hain’, and is a per­fect match for Am­so­nia hubrichtii, which turns a beau­ti­ful yel­low in au­tumn. Height 1m. Ori­gin North Amer­ica. Con­di­tions Well-drained soil; full sun. Har­di­ness RHS H7†. Sea­son of in­ter­est Sum­mer.

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