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Penstemon – a plant for all gardeners!

Penstemon are the party animal of perennials often flowering from May to November. The Pensham series of Penstemon are particularly robust and colourful.

They come in a fantastic array of colours and colour combinations with evergreen to semi-evergreen foliage, loved by bees and resistant to most garden pests, and are happy in sun or light shade in a free draining site, what is there not to love about these gutsy enthusiastic plants. If you deadhead spent flowers during the summer you will encourage more flowers and vigor. In autumn reduce the stems down to about a third of there height and dry mulch for frost protection. In late spring when new shoots appear at ground level then cut out all the old stems and leave the new ones start the party all over again.

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Caring for your Hebes

Firstly, and most importantly, all Hebes are evergreen, and should be treated as other evergreens.

Most Hebes are quite happy in ordinary soil and will succeed in both acid and alkaline conditions.

All varieties enjoy trimming annually, either in spring or immediately after flowering.

Hebes do not like bitter cold winds, so a little shelter is often appreciated. Many are hardy in the south of England, elsewhere they may suffer some damage in severe winters, but many will only need trimming after bad frosts. If more severe damage occurs your Hebe can be cut right back to old wood and still recover. You can also mulch around the base of the plant to give the main stems some protection.

Best time to plant lavenders.

Old English Lavenders {angustifolia type} can be planted in spring after the hardest frosts have passed.

French Lavenders {stoechas type } need to be planted a bit later when the weather starts to warm up.

Both type succeed in full sun and well drained soil and if trimmed back after flowering will give years

of fragrant joy.