For beautiful color, a foxglove plant is a great choice for the garden bed. Foxglove plants offer a delicate blend of classic flower color like white, pink, and purple, and they add a striking display in the middle of a garden bed. If you have been looking for great white, pink, or purple perennials with some height, foxglove is worth considering.
Foxglove and digitalis are the same thing, so if you are wondering what the difference between digitalis and foxglove is, there really isn't one.
Growing Foxglove Plants
Foxglove is at home in a partial sun to shady spot, making it a good choice for those areas of the yard where sunlight is not as prevalent. Foxglove plants will grow well in zones 4-8. They are really a biennial but tend to reseed themselves, making an area last for years under the right conditions.
Growing foxglove is very simple. To start cheap, simply plant seeds in spring and let the flowers grow. They may bloom the first year and will be full and colorful the next. Starting seed indoors will provide a first year bloom.
Foxglove looks great planted in a group with a mix of color. Small companion flowers in front of them can really be striking. Short annuals really work well here to keep the blooms in the area all season. To keep the whimsical feel of the bell shaped flowers, other dainty flowers like sweet alyssum in a complementary white or purple.
Images of Foxglove in White, Pink, and Purple
Here are some of the most classic and common shades of the flowers on foxglove. As you can see, the blooms are cup-shaped and dropping and occur along long stems that tower over the plants. The blooms are heavily spotted with alternative colors which is very attractive.
White blooms offer a clean appearance and are contrasted with purple spots.
Pink blooms create a soft and attractive color with purple spots that are surrounded by rings of white.
Purple blooms create a striking color display in the garden and have spots similar to the pink blooms.
Toxicity of Foxglove
Beware that the foxglove plant is very toxic to both humans and animals, so plant with care. For yards with small children or pets, consider this carefully before adding digitalis to your landscape.
The Fairy Flower
Foxglove are considered to be the flowers of fairies, meaning that this is the type of place that the mythical fairies hang out. One can just imagine tiny fairies flying into the blooms that cover these plans.
If you are looking for easy care biennials that will add plenty of soft color to your landscape, perhaps these images of the colors found on a foxglove plant will help.