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Beardtongue 'Hidcote Pink'

Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink'

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

90cm

Max

70cm

70cm

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Beardtongue 'Hidcote Pink' Overview

Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink' is a semi-evergreen hardy perennial with a bushy habit that produces upright spires of showy tubular/open trumpet-shaped rose-pink flowers - with a creamy-white throat and streaked with purple. It has narrow grey-green leaves. Free-flowering from summer until autumn, Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink' is tolerant of most conditions and also (like other Beardtongues), popular with gardeners for its low-maintenance properties. It likes well-drained soil, in sun or part-shade and is hardy down to -5/1C. Ideal for mixed beds and borders, penstemons are often seen in cottage and other informal garden styles, as well as city and urban courtyard gardens. This cultivar has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit' and is on the RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' list highlighting plants that produce large amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging beneficial insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Beardtongue 'Hidcote Pink'

Penstemon can also be attacked by Chrysanthemum eelworm (Aphelenchoides ritzemabosi)

How to propagate Beardtongue 'Hidcote Pink'

Cuttings

Take softwood cuttings in early summer and keep moist until roots have developed. Pot on into individual containers and grow in a sheltered location. Semi-hardwood cuttings can be taken in mid to late summer.

Division

Plants can be divided in spring or autumn every three years to revitalise the plant. Replant or pot up straight away to reduce transplantation shock.

Special features of Beardtongue 'Hidcote Pink'

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Autumn colour

Other uses of Beardtongue 'Hidcote Pink'

Rock garden, flower arranging. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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