Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’

Family: Plantaginaceae

Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’ is a short-lived perennial foxglove, famed for its horizontal flowers.  Every single bloom is tilted upwards.  This floral adaptation allows us to admire each individual flower’s markings; it provides us with the perfect opportunity to observe bees buzzing in and out of each tubular bloom, as they pollinate Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’ flowers.

Digitalis purpurea – our wildflower has downward facing blooms which tend to be held on one side of its main stem.  This new range of foxgloves offers something different, as Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’ flowering stems are entirely surround by flowers.  Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’ plants really are full of flower; these foxgloves will have a great impact on your garden.  Plants will grow up to around 1.3m (4.2ft), depending on their soil, situation, and growing conditions.

Sow Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’ seeds in containers of peat-free compost from April to the end of July.  These seeds require light for germination, so sow seeds on the surface of your compost; don’t be tempted to cover your seeds with soil or compost and take care to water your seedlings in dry weather.  Plant these foxgloves into their final positions in the garden during August and September.

When planting Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’, choose a lovely spot that enjoys in sunshine or partial shade.  These plants will grow in any moist but well-drained soil; avoid areas with waterlogged soil or boggy ground, as Digitalis won’t flourish in these conditions.

Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’ plants are fairly short-lived.  These foxgloves have generally survived for around four years or so in my garden, but each plant produces hundreds, if not thousands of seeds.  Leave your plants to self-seed naturally, or gather up the ripened seed pods and sow seeds in pots of peat-free compost to create even more plants!

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