Another of the tall annuals, Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) are a must for any cottage garden or to just add a touch of colour and class to your annual flowering beds. They are available in a wide range of colours from cream, purple to pinks and provide a lovely splash of life in the part shaded areas of your garden.

How to grow foxgloves in a garden

  1. Choose a spot in the garden that receives part shade.
  2. Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.
  3. Sow seeds directly where they are to grow or in trays of Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Press lightly into the surface of the soil and water well.
  4. Water gently and keep moist through germination period. 
  5. Once seedlings are approximately 5 cm, mulch with organic mulch, such as bark chips, woodchip or pea straw. 
  6. Once buds appear, feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flower Liquid Plant Food.


How to grow foxgloves in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide and deep. Position in part shade.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  3. Plant directly into the pot by pressing the seeds lightly into the surface of the pot. Lightly cover with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix.
  4. Water gently and keep moist through germination period. 
  5. Once the seedlings have grown at least 5 cm, place a light layer of organic mulch, such as woodchip or pea straw around the base of the plant.
  6. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flower Liquid Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Yates varieties

Foxglove 'Foxy'

Ascending spires of exquisite bell-shaped blooms in cream, purple and rose colours add life to shaded areas. Tall, elegant and stately flowers.

Foxglove 'Coral Chimes'

Coral-pink bells with a pastel blush of peach positively drip from tall, stately stems. Foxgloves add strong vertical accents to garden borders.

Growing tips

  • For best colour and prolonged flowering, choose a lightly shaded moist position in the garden.
  • Water regularly at base of plant to avoid fungal diseases. Remove central flower spike when blooms fade to encourage smaller side shoots to develop.
  • These plants can self seed. If you don’t wish to have blooms appearing each year, remove the flower heads before they produce seeds.
  • These plants are poisonous. These are not recommended to be planted in gardens frequented by young children.

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Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.