How to Plant Cottage Garden Favorite Plants Foxgloves


Foxgloves are another of my Cottage Garden plants. Both foxgloves and hollyhocks are tall and both are biennials. Because Hollyhocks bloom later than foxgloves and because they are taller than foxgloves, I plant hollyhocks along fence that lines a path leading into my garden; and I plant foxgloves in front of them.

  • Foxglove

    “This woodland biennial reliably produces beautiful upright spikes of bell-shape flowers in shades of purple, pink, and white. Note: While most common foxgloves are biennial, they often self seed and appear each year in the garden.

    Name: Digitalis varieties

    Growing conditions: Partial sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Height: 2-6 feet tall, depending on variety

    Zones: 3-8, depending on variety


The tall spires of a stand of foxglove, rising up in the garden in early summer, is a sight to behold. Most are biennials, that is, they need two years to bloom and then die in the fall. But if you can get a stand going, they’ll reseed so prolifically it will seem they’re perennials.

To be successful with foxgloves, they must have 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.) These tall plants also need to be out of any wind. Plants may rebloom if deadheaded after the first flush of bloom.

Part Sun
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
1-5 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-3 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Common foxglove

Digitalis purpurea is a short-lived self-sowing perennial or biennial. They are a mainstay in cottage gardens. Zones 5-8

Digitalis purpurea ‘Foxy’ blooms reliably from seed its first year with 2- to 3-foot-tall spikes of pink, purple, white, or cream with maroon markings. Zones 5-8

Foxglove, Foxy Mixed Colors

Foxglove, Foxy Mixed Colors

The first foxglove bred to bloom the first year.

This All-America Selections winner is the first foxglove bred to bloom the first year, 5 months from sowing. Dense spikes of trumpet flowers with distinctly speckled throats. A pastel blend of rose, lavender, cream, yellow and white. Bears up to 9 dense spikes per plant, only 2-3 feet tall. CAUTION: Foxglove is poisonous if eaten.

LifeCycle: Perennial

Zone: 4-8

Sun: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 24-36  inches

Spread: 12-18  inches

Uses: Borders, Cut Flowers

Sowing Method: Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

Bloom Season: Spring, Summer

Foxglove, Excelsior Hybrid Mix

Foxglove, Excelsior Hybrid Mix

Nice mix of flower colors for early season bloom.

Spikes of speckled, shapely blooms flower in shades of pink, rose, purple, cream, primrose and white in early summer of second season after seed is sown. Grows well in partial shade or sun in borders and woodland gardens. Poisonous if eaten. Biennial. Ht. 5′.

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