Penstemon barbatus and Papaver somniferum salmon in my garden

Totally different is P.barbatus, a native of the Southwest. I first saw it in Arizona. The bright reddish-orange flowers stay in bloom for a very long time. They make quite a show in June and July. Then I cut them back and they rebloom in August and September. Although technically, this Penstemon is eighteen to thirty-six inches high, the stems are quite lax resulting in a height of approximately twelve to eighteen inches. Perfect drainage is essential for this species. You, too, can achieve this by purchasing Turface, an enlarged aggregate, at a garden center. Dig copious amounts of it into your soil so that