Dramatic minarets of pale to deep pink appear suddenly in the late spring garden. They bloom so heavily and need so little care, no garden should be without them. A sunny spot is fine, but they are unbeatable in half shade. CAUTION: Foxgloves are poisonous if eaten.
Sow in rich, moist soil in part shade to full sun after danger of frost. Sow seeds evenly and thinly and barely cover with fine soil. Keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days. Thin to stand about 18" apart when large enough to handle. Once planted, foxgloves need very little care. There is no need for staking, and they need only to be watered during dry weather and mulched to help keep the soil cool and prevent heaving in winter. Leave some flowers on the plants to set seeds, then collect and spread them wherever you want new plants.
Foxgloves are classic late-spring plants for cottage gardens and other informal plantings. They are also at home in woodland gardens and make attractive accents at the back of mixed borders. Combine foxgloves with bleeding hearts, hardy geraniums, astilbes, catmints, and bellflowers in a bed or border. In a woodland garden, combine foxglove with hostas, ferns, and wild blue phox.