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Will penstemons be OK in full sun?

NollieNollie Posts: 7,511
Four out of seven of my little Penstemon Raven plants (bought as 9cm pots, potted on) have come good. First two, now three are definitely, definitively dead. I was going to plant them under roses in my east garden, with less fierce morning sun, but the reduced number has foiled my plan so I have something else to plant there instead.

I am now thinking of dotting them around in my south-facing border to fill some gaps. Some of the gaps are at the front and exposed to the full brunt of my hot sun. Is this wise? Would they be better placed in the middle of a border somewhere, with their roots and lower foliage shaded by other plants? Would they flop at the front anyway?

Never grown them before, so a steer would be much appreciated, thanks.
Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.


  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,207
    Full sun in the summer in your country is of course quite a different beast from full sun in the UK (or even in the West of France where I live). Your penstemons may be OK, but they surely would need lots of watering.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,511
    Thanks Papi Jo, I can do the watering, but wondered if they would just frazzle and it would be cruelty to penstemons  :o
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,673
    I have my Penstemons growing in full sun, they may wilt a bit but always survive.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,775
    I thought they liked full sun in England. I have a few in sun in SW France but they aren't baby plants.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,511
    Thanks everyone, looks like they may survive a spot in the sun - perhaps I will try one as a sacrificial offering!
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
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