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Midnight Masquerade (Beardtongue) Penstemon landscape
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The perfect perennial for your garden!  

We know. Saying that a plant is the perfect perennial for your garden is a big statement. But we wouldn’t say it if we couldn’t back it up.

Midnight Masquerade Penstemon will fill a void that you didn’t even know your garden had. It brings rich color, both in foliage and flower – and a lot of it – to your garden beds.

Midnight Masquerade has deep eggplant purple leaves that keep their color all season from spring until they go dormant in the fall. They add a depth and mystery to the garden and are so dark that they make other perennials around them pop.

Honestly, the foliage is enough to sell this plant. It really is that striking. But, that’s not all it has to offer. In summer a bevy of silky lavender tubular flowers with pure white throats top the foliage on long, dark stems. For several weeks they put on a show-stopping performance.

This drought tolerant, long-lived perennial will make a splash wherever you put it, but for best effect plant it in two’s or three’s tucked in amongst other perennials so it can help their colors explode – yellows, reds and pinks are especially bright when they’re put next to Midnight Masquerade.

For a real traffic-stopper, put a mass of these in a large bed and surround with a low hedge of mondo grass or boxwood.

However you choose to use it, Midnight Masquerade Penstemon will be a gift to your garden. Order plenty!

* Dark purple foliage
* Bicolor tubular flowers
* Full sun
* Hardy
* Easy
* Hummingbirds love it!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Midnight Masquerade (Beardtongue) Penstemon Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Proven Winners
Botanical Name Penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade'
Foliage Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 30 inches
Soil Type Well drained
Moisture Water to establish, and as needed when dry
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Lavender purple with white inside
Foliage Color Shiny purple
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple