Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Peach' (Dalmatian Series)
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained garden soil
- Rate of growth: fast growing
- Flowering period: June and July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Glorious peach-coloured trumpets appear on the stout, branching stems from midsummer, creating structural interest in the border and attracting beneficial insects to the garden. Recently introduced, the foxgloves in the 'Dalmation Series' will usually flower in their first year.
- 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