Foxgloves are easy to grow and self seed extensively giving you a regular, free supply of plants. Foxgloves can be perennials, biennials and annuals. Common varieties grown and illustrated here are biennial, which means they set seed, produce the plant and foliage one year, and flower the next. Once you have Foxgloves in the garden, they will self seed so regularly as to produce a continuous set of new plants and flowers. Once established after the first year the fact that Foxgloves are biennials isn't a problem.
Whilst Foxgloves do self seed extensively, they are not troublesome. The small plants are easy to pull up where they are not wanted, and equally easy to move around.
Ideal growing conditions for Digitalis are moist soil, humus rich on the acid soil which is to be expected from a Woodland plant. Fully hardy to between H5- H7.
Foxgloves are tenacious, I have even seen them growing out of stone walls in the smallest trough of poor soil.
When the plant has finished flowering it will be full of seed. In the autumn, during September & October time, you can split the seed heads easily by crushing them, and shake out the seeds where you would prefer the new plants to grow. If you are not fussy where the plants grow, you can leave them and the wind will distribute the seed dropping it around and dispersing seeds widely around your garden on the autumn winds.
Foxgloves used to be regarded as a cottage plant, but have revived in popularity recently, rightly so, as they look super in a mixed border. The pure white foxgloves look lovely in a mixed border as illustrated and they are loved by the bees. There are so many good points to growing Foxgloves, easy, no maintenance, happy in semi shade and self seed themselves, definitely a green wheelbarrow plant.