Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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Description‘Giant Shirley’ Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is a favorite in cottage gardening with tall, elegant blooms. Spikes of bell-shaped flowers hover high above the foliage and boast a range of colors, including white, fuchsia, pink, and purple. The blooms are a magnet to pollinators. Small spots on the lower lip of the flowers guide pollinators straight to their sweet nectar. They're perfect for flower arrangements, as cutting the flowers encourages a second flush of blooms!
This biennial will self-seed if flowers aren't cut, creating seedlings to take the parent's place eventually. It's easy to grow and deer resistant, making it a good fit for beginners. Try planting it along fences, as a perennial border, or in containers for extra charm!DetailsBotanical name:Digitalis purpurea 'Giant Shirley' Common name: Foxglove Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 3' x 2' Flower color: Mixed colors - white, fuchsia, pink, purple. Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Summer Bloom time: Summer Features: Rabbit resistant, deer resistant, cold tolerant Uses: Accent, background, border, cottage gardening, naturalizing, specimen, wildflowerHow To GrowSoil: Prefers average to sandy soil. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). Water: After establishment, water occasionally during the hot season. Spacing: 18-24 inches Fertilizing: Lightly fertilize in the spring. Maintenance & pruning: Cutting and creating cut flower bouquets helps to encourage a second flush of blooms. Once a week, deadhead or pinch flowers to tidy up your perennial bed.
Life In The Garden
Pollinator-Friendly Perennials to Keep Your Garden Buzzing
Pollinators play a vital role in our ecosystems, gardens, and especially our food chain. Flowers produce pollen as a means of reproduction. While there are so many pollinator-friendly plants to choose from, here are seven of our favorites. You’ll love them, and the pollinators will too.
Plant came in great condition and appears to be quite happy in its current location 🥰
I knew when you delayed delivery and offered me to cancel I was taking a chance.Alabama heat and humidity is not a friend to foxgloves.My other foxgloves were blooming when Giant Shirley’s arrived.They are planted and surviving but doubtful they will bloom.Love to try again earlier next year!
It’s green and looking healthy, but not growing a flowering spike :-(
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