*Flowers Are Nature’s Jewels*
Here in my garden, on a rather coolish morning, the Foxgloves are in their glory.
Soon it will be time to cut them back and hope for another flush of bloom…
but many will be allowed to just fling their seed…far and wide… to sprout where they please
The tall spires bring height to the early summer garden, in various shades of pinks and purples…
and some white with burgundy throats (named Pam’s Choice).
Many new colors are emerging in the seed market, I have a pure white one on my “wish list”, even the throat is sparkling white.
Foxgloves thrive in rich, moist, well-drained soil and light shade, especially in the afternoon. (They’ll do fine in full sun in the northern third of the country.)
The sun goes in and out behind the tall pines and cedars here so my foxgloves get an interchange of sun and shade throughout the day.
They don’t particularly care for strong winds but on the up side, the deer don’t seem to like to eat them.
Foxgloves are biennials, they sprout one year, bloom the next then die off in the Fall.
But they reseed themselves so readily that they seem more like a perennial.
And there are new varieties out now that do bloom the very first year.
Strawberry Foxglove is short and fuzzy..
kind of an interesting specimen to add to the collection.
I am hoping to get some seeds from a friend for a new color that reminds me of a giraffe. I love the offbeat. What’s not to love about the Foxglove??? They are poisonous, along with many other plants, but I have had no trouble with kids or animals even thinking about eating them.
If you are looking for an easy to grow (at least in zones 3-8), deer resistant, attracts hummingbirds in droves and comes in a variety of sizes type plant then Foxgloves may be a good choice.