Foxgloves are biennials and fill borders with colour in spring and early summer, before many other annuals and perennials come into their own.
Biennials have a two-year life cycle – in the first year they make roots and foliage, and in the second year they flower, set seed and die. You can buy biennials as ready-grown plants, but they are easy and cheap to grow from seed.
For flowers next year, sow foxglove seeds direct outside in summer, in rows so that it’s easy to distinguish the emerging seedlings from weeds.
Instructions for sowing:
1. Remove any weeds, then dig and rake over the soil to make it level.
2. Sow the seeds in the rake troughs approx 10cm apart.
3. Gently rake some dry soil over the seeds to cover them and then water.
4. Continue watering and watch them grow!
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