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Penstemon Barbatus Advice

Hi,

Discovered this penstemon barbatus through my plant ID app. I wanted some advice on what to do with it. It is growing from the top bed of a tiered bed system but then falls off the edge and somehow makes right angles in the lower bed so that it sits upright in the bed below it. Really strange. Wondered if it’s best left where it is or should I train/support it in the upper bed where the main stems come from? Thanks

Its hard to get the right angles on the pictures but the main roots are in the top most bed next to the blue hardy geraniums but all the leaves and flowers are in the back of the lower bed behind the white geraniums.  

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,092
    You may as well leave it there for this season and enjoy the flowers.
    If you want to move it then do that in the autumn.
    I cut all the stems back to around 3-4"around late March or April and new shoots soon appear from the ground. It looks like yours hasn't been pruned in a long time.
    They love the sun.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Pete.8 said:
    You may as well leave it there for this season and enjoy the flowers.
    If you want to move it then do that in the autumn.
    I cut all the stems back to around 3-4"around late March or April and new shoots soon appear from the ground. It looks like yours hasn't been pruned in a long time.
    They love the sun.
    Thanks for this. The tiered border is very shady. The one it’s flopped over into only gets 1 hour of direct sunlight per day and the top border its root are in gets zero! Amazed it’s flowered really. Based on this I should probably dig it up and move it completely in the autumn? 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,092
    Yes I would.
    They're great plants and flower so well for a long time if you cut off the dead flower spikes
    Mine seem quite happy baking in the sun and almost never need watering once established
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,653
    In the meantime, if you want more of it you could take some cuttings. They root easily.
  • Pete.8 said:
    Yes I would.
    They're great plants and flower so well for a long time if you cut off the dead flower spikes
    Mine seem quite happy baking in the sun and almost never need watering once established
    Yeh I do love penstemon and have some in other borders so my eyes lit up when I saw this flowering that I didn’t know about.  

    Yeh great idea about taking cuttings, I think I will do this. Thanks 
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