The "Electric Blue" Penstemon in the mudroom flowerbed is now in full bloom.
This perennial is hardy in zones 6-9. We lost one during the Winter of 2013 which had a particularly long, deep cold spell with no snow cover. It is suggested that a light mulch would help it survive in lower temperatures.
As with other penstemons, it is very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies which we love.
Each individual tubular trumpet is a striking shade of blue with a purple blush near the stem. It blooms steadily from May through June and can then be cut back to encourage a second round of blooming.
It grows to 16" high by 16" wide and seems to be very resistant to deer. Now that's saying something!