Foxgloves and poppies

jhawesJune 8, 2014

This space by my front door is usually dominated by several large butterfly bushes. At the beginning of the season I was really upset to find the harsh winter had nearly killed the butterfly bushes which had to slowly come back from ground level. The nice surprise was what happened when the foxgloves and poppies reseeded themselves more than before with the additional light and space. In about a week there will be night scented stock blooming and the whole space will smell amazing.

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Ninkasi(6ish Germany)

looks beautiful!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:28AM
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schoolhouse_gw

Pretty color combination. I love Stock, it's such a fragrant flower, I see it at the greenhouses all the time. In past years I'd plant it amid the perennials or at the edges of the stone borders. Need to do that again. Thanks for sharing your pics.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 3:31PM
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mantis__oh

What is the best location for foxgloves? The locations I choose seem to be either too sunny or too shady.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:30PM
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jhawes

I've successfully grown foxgloves on the north, east and west side of my house in conditions that range from almost complete shade to 6-8 hours of sunlight. The only place I don't is the south side which gets blasted with full sun all day long (great for a cutting bed, but not for foxgloves). I think the most important thing is they need nutritious, well amended soil with good drainage and give them enough water so they never stay too dried out for too long. Seeds and seedlings need a little talc until they are off to a good start, but after that point they are pretty easy to care for. They also reseed themselves pretty readily and the randomness of that can really help develop the cottage garden look.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 9:19PM
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jhawes

I've successfully grown foxgloves on the north, east and west side of my house in conditions that range from almost complete shade to 6-8 hours of sunlight. The only place I don't is the south side which gets blasted with full sun all day long (great for a cutting bed, but not for foxgloves). I think the most important thing is they need nutritious, well amended soil with good drainage and give them enough water so they never stay too dried out for too long. Seeds and seedlings need a little talc until they are off to a good start, but after that point they are pretty easy to care for. They also reseed themselves pretty readily and the randomness of that can really help develop the cottage garden look.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 10:35PM
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Cenepk10(7B)

So pretty !!!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:26PM
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bellarosa(z5/IL)

Lovely pics! what kind of foxgloves are those?

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 1:54PM
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