Digitalis purpurea, mixed (Biennial Foxglove)
This is for all of you gardeners out there who do not grow this, the most beautiful of foxgloves. That's my opinion, of course, but it happens to be true. If you have never had this biennial in your garden, I can tell you that the trick to making it perennial in the garden is to plant it two years in a row. After that, the seeds take care of the rest. It is also my opinion that you can never, ever - not even in a million years - have too many of these. I recently saw a hillside covered in hundreds of them, and it took my breath away. These are grown from my own collected seeds - white and pink, mixed - because I'm not good at organization. Whether you buy them here or somewhere else, or sow the seeds yourself, just be sure to get them into your garden. These grow to at least four feet in partial shade. The white and pink blooms with freckled interiors are bee, butterfly, and hummingbird magnets, but because they are poisonous, the deer leave them alone. Zones 4-8. Quarts.