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Colorful Perennials for a Dry Garden | Northwest Regional Report

These long-blooming selections will fill the lull between spring and summer

'Alkanet' Italian bugloss has deep purple stems in addition to purple flowers. Photo: Jason Jorgesen

Late May into early June is a wonderful time in a Northwest garden. The coolness of the early spring days has given way to warmer daytime temperatures. The afternoons are filled with warm and sometimes hot sunny weather. Get out your wide-brimmed hat to help you keep cool while you’re working in the garden, because our afternoons can already be HOT. With this change, there is a whole new group of flowers that are getting ready to bloom and exciting the gardener in all of us. Here are a few perennials that are starting to look great at this time of the year and will continue to look great into summer.

‘Margarita BOP’ foothill penstemon petals have splotches of blue and purple. Photo: Jason Jorgesen

‘Margarita BOP’ foothill penstemon

‘Margarita BOP’ foothill penstemon (Penstemon ‘Margarita BOP’, Zones 6–10) is a beautiful long-blooming perennial for sunny, dry sites. This long-season…

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