Beardtongue 'Hidcote Pink'
Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink'
5 years to reach maturity
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'
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.
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'
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Beardtongue 'Hidcote Pink'
Rock garden, flower arranging. Suitable for coastal conditions.