One advantage to growing Foxgloves is that they prefer semi shade and there are always some spots in the garden which lack sun and Digitalis, the Foxglove, is ideal and easy to grow in shady conditions. Foxgloves are fully hardy and will grow in almost any soil except the extremes of very wet or dry. Foxgloves are tall plants, D purpurea (the common foxglove) grows up to 1-2m and so best suited to the back of a border. Foxgloves look effective grown in clumps as they are tall and imposing. Even though they are tall it is not necessary to stake them, another bonus, and they need no maintenance, an ideal easy plant.The common foxglove is often pink as in the image centre, pure white or white with purple specks, image left, but there are also some variations such as the Excelsior Hybrids (RHS Merit) which come in a variety of pastel shades and apricot illustrated above right 'Sutton's Apricot'. A bonus when growing Foxgloves is that they are attractive to bees and pollinators, (more ideas for plants which are bee and butterfly friendly)
Foxgloves, Latin name Digitalis carry a gardening warning - all parts of the plant are poisonous and so potentially harmful.