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.