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Desert penstemon (Penstemon pseudospectabilis, Zones 5 to 10) grows up to 3 feet tall and 18 inches wide. It blooms most of the summer with spikes of hot pink flowers.

Penstemon ‘Red Riding Hood’ (Zones 5 to 8) grows 18 inches tall and wide with big, white-lipped flowers that are especially attractive to hummingbirds.

Penstemon barbatus. Scarlet Bugler/Beardlip Penstemon. Native perennial wildflower. Hummingbird plant. Full sun/part shade. Moderate grower.

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Humming birds love Lupine. Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall and wide Zones: 4-8 Grow it with: Daisies, for a long-blooming, cheery combination.

New Shade-Loving Perennial Varieties for 2013

Shade-Loving Perennial: 'Pretty In Pink' Fairy Wings Fairy wings is a magical flower for spring gardens. This new pink selection has leaves that in emerge in late March, followed by upright slender stalks upon which bloom large, hovering pink-spur flowers. It's a gorgeous sight: Ephemeral winglike pink blooms float above a clump of green-and-raspberry leaves. Growing Conditions: Light shade and well-drained soil Size: 18 inches tall, 3 feet wide Zones: 4-8 Grow It With: Hosta

Penstemon eatonii. Firecracker penstemon. Native, short-lived perennial wildflower. Showy and tough. Low growing. Hummingbird plant. Full sun. Fast grower.