The foxglove or ‘digitalis purporea is a plant I love to see in any garden. It’s such a majestic, tall flower producing beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers and the insects just love them. The foxglove creates a fantastic backdrop in any border for smaller flowers although it does have a tendency to reseed itself in the ‘wrong’ place. I have successfully lifted young plants when they are about 3inches tall and moved them to a more convenient spot. If you have a ‘cottage’ style garden then you will probably be happy to leave them alone as they have a certain charm scattered here and there.
Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea.
Foxgloves do prefer an acidic soil, with a lot of leaf mould. Some years they may suffer from mildew or leaf spotting. This year with such plentiful rain here over the past month or so (since we had a hosepipie ban) our foxgloves are really magnificent.
A word of caution: Foxgloves are poisonous! so do be very cautious where there are children around.