Recently one of my 'Husker's Red' Penstemons took a turn for the worse. It tanked. It was all very sudden. I don't think it felt any pain but its loss will be felt in the Japanese maple garden. So what caused my penstemon's sudden spontaneous decline? I suspect the culprit is a fungus caused by all the rain we had. The crown of the roots where the stems emerge from appears to have rotted away. I have two thoughts now. One, the garden is too wet for drought tolerant plants; and two I had better move my other Penstemon before it goes the way of the proverbial dinosaur!
My other penstemon is doing fine as you can see, at least for now.
Recently I was able to find more 'Husker's Red' Penstemon on sale for less than $3 a plant. I picked up two and planted them this weekend in a new location. So tell me, what plants have died in your garden lately? And how are you coping with your loss?