The penstemon makes a blasting blue contrast to the yellow gromwell. The penstemon and gromwell are one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the Sandhills.
You may even find cousins of wild penstemons in your seed/flower catalogs. Our wild penstemons range from a bright, brilliant blue to variety of purple shades. The colors remind me of storm clouds at night- a mixture of dark and moody and bright highlights.
Unfortunately, penstemons wilt instantly, so by the time we get back to the house, all we have is a limp mess.
But that doesn’t stop the flower pickers…