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Plant of the Month Penstemons The Penstemon (Beardtongue) family has many gorgeous members native to North America.  In Ontario there is Foxglove Penstemon (P. digitalis), perfect for the perennial border or meadows and Hairy Penstemon (P. hirsutus), ideal for rock gardens or dry locations.  Penstemons from western North America come in all colours and sizes but most prefer a well-drained location especially in winter.  We have been successfully growing over a dozen species in our rock/scree garden.  Planting in the fall is great to prepare for spring/early summer blooms.