Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A peachy choice for bees and hummingbirds.

In the British Isles, foxglove is also called folk's-glove, elf-cap or fairy-cap. The "wee-folk" wear the flowers as hats and gloves and sometimes petticoats. It is said that the spots found within the flowers mark the places the elves and fairies have touched. Foxglove has low-growing foliage topped by tall spikes of tubular flowers. Dalmatian Peach is a soft apricot-peach with pale, delicate spotting, flowering mainly in the summer months. Because of their height, they are suitable for the back row of your perennial bed. They will flourish in full sun to light shade. Prepare the bed by amending the soil with peat and compost. Mulch the soil well after the plants emerge.  Foxglove will attract bees and hummingbirds. They are deer resistant and make excellent cut flowers. Foxglove plants do best over the long term if they can be left undisturbed.

1 comment:

  1. I see that foxglove can come in an assortment of colors. Is this peach color the best for bees and hummingbirds or will other colors do just as well? If this isn't the appropriate forum for questions, please let me know where I should field questions?