Do Foxgloves Come Back Every Year

Do Foxgloves Come Back Every Year?

If you are currently enjoying a fantastic foxglove display then you will no doubt want to know if you can expect the same thing next year. Do foxgloves come back every year? Let’s have a look and find out.

Do Foxgloves Come Back Every Year
Do Foxgloves Come Back Every Year

So Will Foxgloves Come Back Year After Year?

So if your foxgloves have flowered then no, they will not come back next year. If they didn’t flower this year though and just had foliage on them then yes, you can expect these to flower next year.

Get an early start with your foxgloves by finding out When To Sow Foxgloves Seeds.

How To Get A Foxglove Display Every Year

So if you want flowers every year what do you need to do? The answer is simple but requires a little more work to set up.

Essentially you need to have a staggered system set up, where you have some foxgloves in their first year and some in their second year at all times.

This means you will never be without flowers come summertime.


And the best thing about growing your foxgloves like this is that once it is up and running you can leave the plants to it. They will self-seed every year giving you fresh plants every year.

Then because the flowering is staggered the seeding will be staggered. So you will have a perpetual cycle of young plants not flowering and older plants flowering from now on.

Do Foxgloves Survive Winter?

yes, in the first year at least. Foxgloves will grow and develop in their first year but without flowering.

This plant will then survive winter but remain dormant and once spring arrives it will resume growing. This plant will then provide you with a stunning flower display come summertime.

It is also possible to reposition first-year foxgloves without too many drawbacks. What this means is you can place them around your garden exactly where you want to.

With a little care and attention here you really can set yourself up for a stunning show come next summertime.

Self Seed Or Sow?

Should you let your foxgloves self seed and grow back naturally or grow them on by hand yourself? The best method is to do both.

Foxgloves are really proficient at self-seeding, which you can tell by the way they grow wild all over the UK.

Foxgloves Growing Wild
Foxgloves Growing Wild

this doesn’t mean there is never an issue with them self-seeding though. One year we could have really strange weather conditions which kill off a lot of the seeds or young plants.

This is why I like to grow a few in trays in the greenhouse, just as a backup. These are grown from seeds taken from spent flowers, so I don’t go out and buy any seeds, but it just works as a little insurance against strange weather.

More On Foxgloves

Foxgloves (Digitalis) is a flowering plant that actually contains biennials, perennials and shrubs all under the common name foxglove. They come in a vast range of colours so there are the perfect colour foxgloves for all gardens.

You can even grow foxgloves in pots if you are that way inclined, giving your patio a tall and elegant colour display.

These plants are native to Europe and even parts of northern Africa, they are woodland plants and as such love a little bit of shade. Given the right conditions, they can flower all summer and even into autumn.

As most people are aware foxgloves are poisonous if digested. The active ingredient in foxgloves that makes them poisonous also works as a medicine as as such numerous drugs are made using foxgloves.

Fatalities are rare from foxgloves but they do occur and for this reason, it is important to take care when gardening with foxglove, wear gloves when handling them and make sure you avoid touching your eyes or mouth after handling them.

Most fatalities actually occur when the plant has been mistaken for something else and digested in large quantities.

There have also been numerous reports of young children dying after drinking the vase water that foxgloves have been in. This is definitely something to think about if you plan on using them as a cut flower and your house has children or grandchildren in it!