Penstemon Alice Hindley
Penstemon Alice Hindley' is an 'oldy but it's a goldy'! There have been many new penstemons bred to varying degrees of success, but P.'Alice Hindley' is one of the oldest hybrids in cultivation today dating back to 1931. The fact that it is still available and so popular is a strong indicator of its high qualities; this is strongly supported by the fact that it still holds an R.H.S. Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Its leaves are large green and ovate they are semi-evergreen. In cold areas, it is better to leave any cutting back until the worst of the frosts are over then cut back by at least a third. In midsummer through to autumn the large bell shaped flowers appear, they are a stunning soft lilac-blue shade, are tinged mauve-pink outside and have a white throat.
At 100 cm. P. Alice Hindley can make an impact either in the front or middle of your border to compliment a range of coloured flowers that may surround it.
It is best planted in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade but is tolerant of most soil types as long as they are not water- logged.
Tip. Penstemons do not require a fertile soil, just adding fertiliser at planting will suffice. Too much fertiliser will cause excessive die back in winter