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The tall spires of a stand of foxglove, rising up in the garden in early summer, is a sight to behold. Most are biennials, that is, they need two years to bloom and then die in the fall. But if you can get a stand going, they'll reseed so prolifically it will seem they're perennials.
To be successful with foxgloves, they must have rich, moist, well-drained soil and light shade, especially in the afternoon. (They'll do fine in full sun in the northern third of the country.) These tall plants also need to be out of any wind. Plants may rebloom if deadheaded after the first flush of bloom.
Bluish-green mounds of lady's mantle topped with chartreuse blooms create a lovely partner for the tall spires of foxglove.Hosta
Try placing variegated hosta behind foxglove to make the bloom stalks stand out in partial shade.Periwinkle
Low-growing lungwort looks superb when its silvery splotched foliage teams with towering purplish-pink foxglove.