11 Foxglove Varieties to Try

Looking for a striking vertical flower to punctuate your garden? Try harnessing the power of foxgloves.
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Foxglove 'Polkadot Polly'

'Polkadot Polly' foxgloves are covered with bell-shaped flowers in bright apricot-pink. The stems grow 23 to 35 inches long, so they're wonderful to cut for vases and bouquets. Because this foxglove is a hybrid, the plants do not produce seeds.

Foxglove 'Foxy Mixed Colors'

'Foxy Mixed Colors' is the first foxglove bred to bear flowers in the first year after sowing. The trumpet-shaped flowers have speckles in their throats and come in rose, cream, yellow, white and lavender. It's fine for planting in borders, as the plants mature at two to three feet tall, and it's hardy in zones 4 to 8.

Foxglove Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame'

This beautiful hybrid is a cross between a foxglove (Digitalis) and an Isoplexis, a related plant from the Canary Islands. Flame-colored flowers appear from spring to late summer, and the plants are hardy in zones 8 to 11. Unlike many foxgloves, these plants are sterile, so they won't set seeds.

Foxglove 'Mountains Mixed'

Foxglove 'Mountains Mixed' has strong stems and unique, upward-facing flowers that attract bees and make it easier for you to see them. The plants bloom in June and are hardy in zones 4 to 9. These foxgloves grow in full sun to part shade; the seeds germinate in 14 to 30 days.

Foxglove 'Rose Shades'

This nearly carefree foxglove, 'Rose Shades', opens pale to deep pink flowers in late spring. Hardy in zones 4 to 8, the plants can take full sun to half shade. Use them in a cutting garden; they'll grow to 30 inches tall.

Foxglove 'Pam's Choice'

'Pam's Choice' is a foxglove that bears spikes of pure white flowers with splashes of burgundy in their throats. Use these plants—which grow to four feet—in the border or in a cutting garden. They're deer resistant and flower through the summer.

Foxglove 'Excelsior Hybrid Mix'

Choose 'Excelsior Hybrid Mix' foxgloves for early season color. These speckled blossoms come in pink, cream, rose, purple, white and primrose, and bloom the second season after sowing. They're a great choice for growing at the edge of woodland gardens.

Digitalis Lutea Example of Prairie Style Planting

Digitalis lutea, or Straw Foxglove, is a perennial, evergreen with pale yellow, brown speckled, nodding tubular flowers on slender 3 foot stalks. A very elegant, and truly perennial foxglove, with glossy green, narrow leaved foliage.

Digitalis 'Waldigone' (Goldcrest Foxglove)

Introduced by British plant breeder David Tristam, 'Waldigone' is a hybrid that bears spikes of big, apricot-colored flowers speckled with brown in the throats. Watch for visiting hummingbirds when you add it to your garden. The plants form clumps with shiny, evergreen foliage.

Digitalis Purpurea 'Camelot Series'

Digitalis purpurea, 'Camelot Series', features large vibrant blooms. This old fashioned favorite foxglove blooms in late spring to early summer, followed by repeat later in summer if faded flowers are removed.

'Foxlight Ruby Glow' Digitalis

The 2015 introduction 'Foxlight Ruby Glow' digitalis from Darwin Perennials boasts beautiful cut flower potential and is a foxglove well suited to container gardens.

Foxglove Noted for Tall Flowering Spike

The foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, has tall spires of long tubular bells and purple pink coloring used as a hedgerow or border plant. It is easy to grow and thrives in the shade, plus it seeds easily.

Strawberry Foxglove

Digitalis x mertonensis likes full sun to part shade and is best treated as a biennial. Dividing may be needed if strawberry foxglove is grown as a perennial.

Foxgloves in English Cottage Garden

A graceful turret in the corner of a garden wall supplies a shady spot to relax and take in the bountiful blooms in this English cottage garden.