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19/04/2013 at 13:27

Hadn't really thought about it. 

I do ike Verdun's idea of bringing one in just in case though

Really it all depends on the summer and how strong they become.

19/04/2013 at 14:22

Matty2 mine looks dead as a dodo too. I'm in Blaydon. The other foxgloves around it look fine and are coming through, but no sign of the illumination. Might just still be hiding, but other stuff has started coming up, although no sign of hostas yet here. Daffs only started flowering this week too.

16/06/2013 at 18:22

Yep. Mine are dead too. Bought them last year in June as full grown plants in flower. Fab when planted out, but died after they'd finished flowering in October. No sign of growth this year, just a bunch of dead stems. Aklthough winter was a bit nippy here in the SE, most other stuff survived ok. So much for being hardy perennials then.

16/06/2013 at 20:07

Mine are in full flower looking fabulous.  If they prove not to be perennial I will complain.  Bought mine from QVC in September and were quite a bargain compared to other prices I saw at the time ...and now.

16/06/2013 at 21:23

Bought mine from T&M. Arrived nine months after being ordered. They look OK and appear to be growing - but are nowhere near flowering. I do hope they will be OK. (Live in Dorset).

16/06/2013 at 21:48

Mine have flowers buds about to burst and the one I gave away is in flower - owner has green fingers - I do not, I just slog at it to get results.

16/06/2013 at 21:51

I planted a large Illumination Pink foxglove in 2012, it's did fine over the summer but didn't survive the winter.  Apparently there has been a Gardening Which report on them (I've not seen it, but was told about it) and apparently they need winter protection.  I live on the right on the NW coast of England and we don't get particularly harsh winters.

16/06/2013 at 21:54

Had seen another thread and had decided to give them winter protection. Therefore are planted in pots

01/12/2015 at 13:43
I know this is an old thread, but how has everyone got on with these this year?

I've just dug mine up to overwinter them. Mine flowered but weren't amazing.

I've also taken some of the florets that seemed to develop half way up the stem and potted them on separately. Had anyone else tried this form of propagation?
01/12/2015 at 18:37

Leigh, a very disappointing plant.  Over hyped.  A short term perennial at best. Not a patch on the usual foxgloves .

01/12/2015 at 20:33

I'm leaving mine in the garden to see if they overwinter.  They were OK this summer but not fantastic.

01/12/2015 at 20:40

They're nothing are they. Agree with Verdun, just hyped up.

01/12/2015 at 21:10
They are beautiful in the show gardens of Chelsea and the likes, but how do you replicate that in your own garde?

Would seen they prefer drier conditions compared to our native foxglove.
01/12/2015 at 21:26

Warmer I should think Leigh

They are our native digitalis crossed with isoplexis (spelling?), a tender plant.

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