Successful Bulb & Perennial Flower Combos #12

Perennial flowers anchor our landscapes, but can take quite awhile before the blooms of some types appear each season. But what if the flowers of a different plant were to ride above those leaves early in the season, and then magically disappear just before the perennial’s flowers show up? That’s what happens when you drop the right Spring bulbs into the right kind of perennial.

Hyacinth ‘Jan Bos’ with Penstemon 'Husker Red'

The emerging Penstemon leaves are dark purple just as the hyacinth is blooming, creating a nice color scheme.  It seems as though many cultivars of Hyacinth can be combined with Penstemon 'Husker Red'.  The Penstemon is slow enough to allow the Hyacinths to finish blooming and fill their bulbs, and then takes over before the foliage becomes unsightly.

Fall is a great time to plant bulbs and perennials!

Happy Gardening!

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