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.
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
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.