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GardenGreat in Formal & Traditional Gardens.

Culturally, foxgloves take full sun but they are just fine in semi-shade. They bloom in midsummer and work in both formal gardens and along the borders of wooded areas.

Foxglove was popularized by Gertrude Jekyll, the influential garden writer, who used it frequently in her plantings and designs. It is ideal for small British gardens with high walls, nearby trees and frequent hedges.

In formal situations, these plants are usually used for drama in a group—not so much a stand as a line, or part of a structured garden. 

Naturalizing foxgloves are great in open gardens where they can mix with lupines, echinaceas, asclepias, rudbeckias and achilleas to form a meadow-style space. They add a wild magic, fairy-tale quality to a garden.

Their bell shape attracts hummingbirds and they are generally considered deer resistant. Space plants about one to two feet apart.

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