Penstemon 'Coral Sea'
Description: Penstemons are noted for their prolific long lasting flower display in summer through to the first frosts - up to 4 months flowering. This variety has coral pink flowers with a white throat and fresh evergreen foliage. Tidy comapct habit.
Good for adding to the border for long term display and also useful as a gap fillers for late autumn colour and for container planting.
Climate/Position: Sun or Partial Shade.
Height/Spread: 50cm x 45-60cm.
Soil Requirements: Penstemons are very easy to grow, will tolerate most soils and will thrive in either wet or dry conditions. Drought tolerant
Pruning: Avoid cutting penstemons down in the autumn. Leave all the growth intact and wait until late April or early May as this ensured they survive colder winters.
Special Requirements: Good for wildlife as nectar attracts insects.
Introduced from America, Penstemons were popular with the Victorians as bedding plants. More recently they have had a revival with many new varieties introduced which have proved to be hardy in the UK.
P. 'Coral Sea' was originally bred for large pot culture with a compact habit and close packed flowers by AT Yates & Son of Congleton, Cheshire from a combination of Patio Pink and Apple Blossom. Released in 1998.