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Penstemons produce foxglove-like flowers, which look fantastic in informal and cottage garden schemes, and are extremely attractive to bumblebees.
They thrive in full sun to partial shade, in moist but well-drained soil. Many varieties of penstemon are hardy in all but the harshest winters, but do move plants under cover or take summer cuttings to ensure they make it through winter.
Penstemon 'Red Ace' bears deep red blooms from midsummer until the first frosts, attracting a wealth of beneficial insects. For best results grow in full sun to partial shade in moist but well-drained soil. Plants may need protection in colder regions. Apply a thick mulch of well-rotted manure or compost in autumn to protect the roots. Plants can be propagated by seed but they won't come true. For better results, divide Penstemon 'Red Ace' in spring.
Cultivar: Red Ace
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Pink
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Experienced
Time to take cuttings: July to August
Flowering period: July to September
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