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Which are the best foxgloves?

jayne10bjayne10b Posts: 95

Thinking of planting some, but am confused about the difference between 'normal' and 'excelsior' plus 'dalmation'.  Does anyone know which are the best?
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  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,106
    Whichever you like best!  The "normal" ones are the wild ones or very similar, hybrids such as the Excelsior group tend to have bigger, fuller flower spikes and a wider range of colours.  Personally I like the wild types best (particularly the white ones) because I think they look more graceful and less blowsy, but it's a preference not a judgement :).
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376
    It depends on taste and garden style. The ones you mention are all the same species. I prefer the more natural looking ones
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,912
    I love my Summer King. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • jayne10bjayne10b Posts: 95
    @Lyn - is that this year's photo?
  • jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
    I like white Snow thimble. I am trying Digitalis lutea 'Small Yellow Foxglove' this year from seed. It looks lovely.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,912
    jayne10b said:
    @Lyn - is that this year's photo?
    Last year’s, Jayne.  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    Lovely foxglove @Lyn. Lyn please can you tell us what is the name of the airy white flower on the far left of your photo, it's very pretty?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,538
    I grow the white ones from seed each year.
    I like all of the foxgloves and let different colours grow elsewhere in the garden that self seed, but I keep to just the white ones in this border


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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,912
    edited April 2019
    lilysilly said:
    Lovely foxglove @Lyn. Lyn please can you tell us what is the name of the airy white flower on the far left of your photo, it's very pretty?
    Sneezewort. Achillea ptarmica 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,553
    @Lyn is Summer King a perennial one?

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