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More on Penstemon, an Unusual Perennial


Yesterday I posted a blog about Penstemon Dark Towers. I had wanted to include images of the plant as it actually appears in my garden. I felt that it was an important perennial and that readers should see it in a real setting. Comments from several readers confirmed that conviction. Some found it hard to visualize such a plant growing in their own gardens.

Although I already had photos of this plant that were shot in my test garden, I was unable to share them. I had just downloaded Picasa and was struggling to decipher how to get my images from that program into my blog. Since I had not blogged in a while, I felt it more important to post in order to stay in touch with readers rather than delay by struggling with software. In the end, I used a very good quality trade publicity image to illustrate the plant.

Tonight, I was successful in figuring out how to maneuver around Picasa and I am pleased to share my photos. This is my first attempt at illustrating my blog with images that I shot myself, on my very own newly acquired camera, uploaded to my computer, edited in Picasa and posted to my blog. For a technology-impaired blogger, this is a major achievement that only other similar techno- klutzes will understand.

The top image shows how I integrated Dark Towers in a composition of pink perennials. Integrated might not be the best word because this perennial stands out boldly. However, in this test-garden planting, the presence of the surrounding pink flowers partially mellows the drama created when burgundy and pink combine on one plant. Notice  how the wine and peach Heuchera in the lower right corner also help to anchor Dark Towers. The bottom image is a close up, taken in my garden, which confirms the amazing variegation of the light and dark pink flower petals.