Looks Like Foxglove

A friend had purchased 3-each of a number of different perennial plants for his garden.

Grows to about 18 inches tall.

He offered me my pick of any three so I chose a plant that looks like purple foxglove but is called beardtongue.

The tag says full sun. Plant 12 inches apart.

In fact the plant is “penstemon” not “foxglove”.

The flowers look very much like foxglove except foxglove love shade.

It requires full sun or morning sun and afternoon shade which it what our yard receives.

Alongside the greenhouse these might help to sure up the soil on the downside.

Since this plant flowers most of the summer and is fairly tall I thought it might look good either alongside the greenhouse or clumped at one of the corners.

The corner in front of the greenhouse probably won’t work for Charlie.

I’m hoping Charlie will have a chance to plant it soon.

Perennials or annuals?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

One thought on “Looks Like Foxglove”

  1. Nice! I also have several flowering perennials sitting on the deck waiting for “Charlie” to plant them. Maybe this weekend–it’ll be sunny and warm, finally!

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