Where To Plant Foxgloves

Where To Plant Foxgloves

Foxgloves can look spectacular in any garden, but you need to get the positioning right. So where to plant foxgloves? Let’s have a look and find out.

Where To Plant Foxgloves
Where To Plant Foxgloves

Where To Plant Foxgloves

Foxgloves like a little bit of shade but can tolerate full sun. This is what makes them great plants for growing in a busy border in and amongst other flowers.

They like a nice loamy soil, this stems from them being a woodland plant where they would naturally grow in soil full of decomposed leaves. It is this woodland nature that is also probably responsible for their height.

Growing At The Back Of Borders
Growing At The Back Of Borders

Amongst Other Plants

Foxgloves will happily grow alongside other plants, this is what makes them such successful wildflowers.

They look particularly good growing in cottage-style garden borders.

Foxgloves growing among other plants
Foxgloves growing among other plants

Under Trees

they are also a useful plant to grow in those shadier spots underneath trees where lots of other flowers won’t grow. This is their natural home and they can do really well under trees.

If you do grow them in a spot like this then don’t expect them to flower as prolifically as they would in more sunlight but this doesn’t mean they won’t look good.

Foxgloves Under A Tree
Foxgloves Under A Tree

On Their Own

So while foxgloves are commonly grown among other flowers they can look equally stunning grown alone in borders consisting of only foxgloves. Look at the image below for a little inspiration.

You can also grow foxgloves on their own in pots, where they can look stunning.

They Can Look Just As Stunning Growing On Their Own
They Can Look Just As Stunning Growing On Their Own

More On Foxgloves

Foxgloves (Digitalis) is a flowering plant that actually contains biennials, perennials and shrubs all under the common name foxglove. These plants don’t come back every year but usually just last for two short years.

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.

As most people are aware foxgloves are poisonous if digested. The active ingredient in foxgloves that makes them poisonous also works as a medicine and 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.

Numerous reports have also been made 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!