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Summer Flowering Help

I’m hoping someone might be able help me. I love the bright but soft colour of our native common foxgloves (purpley pink). Does anyone know how I can keep a similar colour going in the garden after the foxgloves have finished flowering? Have you seen any similar coloured flowers before?

I have tried cosmos dazzler but it’s just too bright...Maybe there are similar coloured roses?!


  • You could try a dahlia of some sort, available in almost infinite colours and usually flower until frost gets them.  (
    I've got a standard rose, it's vivid pink but it's a repeat-flowerer and is still looking pretty good right now.  I've no doubt you could find something similar (

    There's lots of other things if you don't mind compromising on the colour a little (Abelia, Viburnum Dawn, Sedums even Callicarpa).  Bound to be a Pelargonium that fits, too.

    Good luck!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,797
    Have a look at Echinacea purpurea, some of them have a very similar colour. E. pallida is a similar colour and also has a very elegant form. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Penstemons 'Apple Blossom' and 'Sour Grapes' will give a soft colour. 
    Physostegia 'Rosea' and pale blue/mauve tones of some varieties of Delphinium.
    There is a huge variety of Salvias on the market now, some have the gentle hues you are searching.
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • *FlowerGal**FlowerGal* Posts: 5
    edited October 2019
    @BobFlannigon - Thank you so much, I had forgotten about Dahlias, they would be a nice tall height too!

    @Dovefromabove - Lovely idea, thank you! 🙂

    @yorkshirerose thank you so much for your suggestions, I just googled these plants and they are just the colours I’ve been dreaming of...! 
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