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Hi GW - these are a new type of foxglove bred by T&M. They are described as being a hardy perennial, as compared with their biennial relatives. Thanks for the reply
I have bought some foxglove polka dot large plants for 2 pound from my local nursery they are suppost to be truely perrenial hardy and also sterile and look very similar to the foxglove illumination pink. They much cheaper just a heads up if anyone is wanting to replace there dead ones.
Thanks cairnsie - I will check it out. If my memory serves me correctly in Illumination was awarded Chelsea 2012 plant of the year and heralded as the first perennial foxglove (hardy perennial)
Yep - you're right mate!!! I'm going to get some. Thanks cairnsie
No problem i was looking for the illumination and spotted them in the nursery.
I won one last year (was a big plant not the usual T&M plugs). It performed really well, but like the rest of you it's a no show this year, the rest of the normal foxgloves in the same area are fine. I'd say this is a container plant that needs overwintering, shame they didn't just say that.
Thanks for the reply Andy. I've sent an email to Gardeners' World (BBC2). If anyone wants to reiterate the point the address is:
I've asked Michael Perry @gardening_greek on twitter, He's T&Ms new plant specialist. Might be interesting if he has any comments on how to overwinter these, and if they really are supposed to be truely hardy. It's been a long cold winter but here in newcastle it#s not been that wet really. infact if anything it's been a bit dry.
In the same area as i planted the foxglove i've got, astilbe, phlox, wild garlic, normal foxgloves, heuchera, primula, hostas, and rhubarb, all those are fine and made it through the winter no probs, just not the illumination.
I'll check it out - thanks Andy
i have had some perennial foxgloves in my garden for some years now.. and i bought some more of ebay last year.. now i dont remember the name but they have creamy yellow flowers in the same shape as normal foxglove flower but only stand 18ins tall..
these have come back year after year for the fourth time now.. they die down over winter.. the first year i thought they had died,.. but mum said give htem time. and they did shoot again end of spring.. and have done each year now.
i have now seeded some for more plants and they have grown well this year..
so maybe these might... come up
Gardeningfantic, I suspect you have seedlings that you see every year. They are nearly all biennial.
No reply from T&M as yet - their Customer Care department sucks...........
Hi break23 - thanks for the reply. I think I will just persist with the emails - just for the hell of it and make a promise to myself never to spend another penny on anything from T&M.
Yep - it's very frustrating
@verdun.. no it is not seedlings.. it is the smae plant.. as the old leaves are still attached.. when it reshoots i cut them off.. this is it..if i do link right.
There are some perennial and hardy Foxgloves, this is one and I had one called Carillon years ago. They're Digitalis grandiflora cultivars not the biennial D. purpurea.
Only time will tell which if any foxgloves are truly Perennial. I suspect none will be. My Illumination pink are currently in large pots and due to be planted in the ground any day. If they are as good as I hope I will be pleased. I will dig them up in October and split them and see what happens next year.
So many new plants....like everything new....is hyped up to be sensational. I'm never totally convinced by the salesman's patter
D. grandiflora has proved pretty perennial for me Verdun. D.laevigata as well is in it's 3rd year. D. lutea and ferruginea vary but seed around so well I can't keep a check on longevity, I suspect 2 years at the most, after which if they're not dead they look as though they should be and I remove them.
I agree about the salesman's patter. I was quite happy to let others do the Illumination Pink experiment. It wasn't hard. I like the standard foxgloves much more.
I've given up ordering plants from T & M . I spent over £100 the other year because of big gaps in the garden caused by -- 15 C frost. Hardy gerberas-going to fllower all summer, produced one flower each and then disappeared. Blue verbascums got refunded because the plants were tiny plugs that died before the week was out. The tree peony never sprouted. Blue poppies died without flowering.Begonia bulbs, 2 sprouted out of 5 , and were replaced,. The replacements didn't do much better. I then succumbed this year to 36 perennial plants for £4.99. as part of a special with my seed order.They arrived through the letterbox. The plugs were as big as my little finger nail. I potted them into a plug tray and now into 3 inch pots. Theres no chance they'll flower this year.. When I complained about the previous lot I was told that "all our plants are capable of flowering the first year" I'll stick to seeds and cuttings in future.I'm not a novice. I've been growing plants for over 40 years.
Got my illuminationi pink cheaply.."didn't pay what I see being charged now.
However, I usually try the new plants. Some are good, very good, but others not. If illumination pink is not perennial I will getmy money back but I think I'm in for a long summer show from them