Penstemon Osprey 1l

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Enjoy a profusion of two-tone trumpet-shaped blooms on tall flower spikes with this easy-to-grow Penstemon.

Osprey' is an award-winning variety of Penstemon, recognised for its reliable garden performance and elegant ornamental appeal. This easy-to-grow cottage-garden classic is perfect for growing in beds or borders where it will give a beautiful and long-lasting display of pink and cream-tinged trumpet flowers on tall, upright stems throughout the summer months. Fully hardy and fairly resilient, it's hard to go wrong with a low-maintenance variety like this. Forming a well-established clump over time, in milder areas it will keep coming back to reward you with a lovely show of colour year after year. Like most penstemons, this variety is great for attracting bees and other pollinators to the garden, making it a great choice for any wildlife or traditional-style garden. Plant it amongst other flowering perennials to add height and structure to your planting schemes, or grow in large containers for a fuss-free patio display.

Grow this exquisite variety in borders or patio containers in any sunny or partially shaded spot for an easy, pretty display of summer colour.

Key Features

Plant Type: Herbaceous

Hardiness: H3 Half hardy. Minimum temperature -5 to 1. May survive outside all year round in milder areas.

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1m x W 50cm (Mature age: 2 years)

Foliage Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Pink, White

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: No

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes

Foliage Type: Semi-Evergreen

Soil Type: Chalky, Loam, Sandy, Clay, Acid, Alkaline

Soil Drainage: Well Drained

Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Coastal Garden, Wildlife Garden, Low Maintenance Garden.

Season of Interest: Summer, Autumn

Flowering (from - to): June-August

Plant Care & Advice

Penstemon 'Osprey' thrives in full sun or partial shade in a sheltered border or large patio container. In a sheltered location, such as a sunny corner or in front of a wall, it can survive a mild winter and return for a repeat show the following year.

This variety will grow in any free-draining soil. It's best suited to planting in beds and borders, although it can also be grown in a patio container using a soil-based compost. Plant close to other flowering summer perennials to create a cottage-garden effect.

Water regularly throughout the summer season, especially if planted in a sunny spot. If planted in a container, water whenever the soil looks dry.

It's a good idea to feed this variety occasionally with an all-purpose liquid feed to encourage healthy growth and maximise flowering, although it isn't essential.

After flowering, leave the faded stems intact throughout winter to offer a little extra frost protection to the base of the plant. The following spring, remove the faded flower stalks down to ground level.

This variety is fairly hardy and will tolerate a mild winter. To increase chances of this plant returning for a repeat show the following year, surround the base of the plant with a thick mulch to offer a little extra warmth.