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What are digitalis?

Digitalis, otherwise known as foxgloves, add a striking feature in many gardens, enhancing their woodland charm. These perennials are well-known for their tall spires that hold tubular floral bells, making them a popular plant for the back of a border. Their striking flowers produce an array of delicate colours, though the Foxy Hybrids are noted for their more subdued, pastel hues.

At the end of summer you will be left with an abundance of seeds which are easy to grow on for the next year. Digitalis look great when they are left to naturalise. Their foliage is evergreen and has a simlar appearance to cabbage leaves. 

Due to their enchanting appearance and attractive colours, foxgloves are extremely popular amongst pollinators like bees. However, they are toxic if consumed, so care must be taken if they are being planted in a household with pets.

Why you should order your hardy perennial digitalis bulbs from Peter Nyssen

  • We are a friendly, family run business with more than 60 years experience
  • Our bulbs are packaged in compostable, starch based bags where possible
  • We offer bulk prices and free delivery for orders over £100
  • We supply flower bulbs in quantities large and small, for all types of gardener from the cottage potterer through to the professional landscaper

How to plant and care for perennial digitalis

To get the most out of these your foxgloves, consider these tips:

  • Plant foxgloves bulbs in a location with moderate shade to protect them from intense heat
  • Plant in moist, well-drained soil
  • Space digitalis 30-50cm apart from other plants to allow for air circulation to prevent disease
  • Plant the crown of the plant level with the soil surface
  • Consider planting with nepeta, alchemilla and achillea
  • Apply a general-purpose fertiliser once in spring as new growth appears
  • Deadhead spent flower spikes to encourage a second bloom

Perennials are a easy-to-grow, versatile and low-maintenance, making them the perfect addition to any garden. With the right planting time and location, foxgloves will thrive and add unique character to your outdoor space. So why not give them a try in your own garden? Browse our full collection of hardy perennial bulbs now or for help and advice, call our team on 0161 747 4000. For guidance on how to get the best from your digitalis bulbs, take a look at our digitalis planting guide.

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