Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Crème (Dalmatian Series)'
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained garden soil
- Rate of growth: fast growing
- Flowering period: June and July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Recently introduced, this gorgeous new foxglove will usually flower in its first year. The flowerspikes which appear in midsummer are compact and well-branched and are laden with creamy bells, each with a purple-spotted throat. Perfect for naturalised planting schemes.
- Garden care: Ensure that the soil is kept moist in summer. After flowering cut back the flowered spikes to encourage more sideshoots. Cut down to the ground after flowering. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-ro tted organic matter around the plant in early spring.
These plants are mainly short-lived perennials, although if happy they will produce plenty of new sideshoots and self-seed freely.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten
Early flowering roses tend to come in shades of white, pink or purple-pink and most forms of the biennial foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, have toning flowers in similar colours. These appear in rose time, but carry on after the first rose flush has finishedRead full article