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06/05/2013 at 12:57

I planted out 6 of the new Tompson & Morgan Pink Illumination Foxgloves last year. Despite it being a fairly mild winter they all look as dead as the proverbial dodo. I have contacted T&M but haven't had a reply. I would be interested to hear if anyone else has had the same result. Thanks

06/05/2013 at 13:49

Me too! Planted 6 in 2 large containers. They looked wonderful last year (bought them last year also) but nothing this year. Not even a sliver of green. Perhaps they grow every other year?


06/05/2013 at 14:20

They were advertised as hardy perrenials . I will try to contact T&M again and ask for a refund, they were expensive plants. Thanks for the reply.


Pete Haskell

06/05/2013 at 14:56

those 'foxgloves' are a hybrid with isoplexis, a plant from the canary islands. There'll be a lot of non-hardy genes in there.

06/05/2013 at 15:25

Thanks for the reply nutcutlet. I just checked T&M website and they are described as being a hardy perennial. My garden is sheltered, they can't be as hardy as claimed.

06/05/2013 at 15:29

Hi pete, I've seen a lot of unlikely plants advertised as hardy over the years. If you live in a very mild part of the country, maybe. But here in East Anglia, they aren't. and East anglia isn't the coldest part of the country

06/05/2013 at 15:38

I've just emailed T&M and asked for a refund. I bought another 12 plants this year.

06/05/2013 at 15:45

Good idea. I'm sure with a bit of protection they'll go through the winter but customers need to know that.

Wait for the string of posts telling us how their plants came through the winter

06/05/2013 at 15:51

Yep, I totally agree. I would never have bought them if I was aware that they are a bit tender.

06/05/2013 at 17:12

Mine were bought last autumn and subsequently potted on several times.  Since end January they have been left outside.  They are to be planted over next couple of weeks.

Its mild here so their hardiness is hard for me to judge.

T & M advertise these plants as hardy perennials so if they are not buyers should expect a refund.  I will watch this thread with interest

06/05/2013 at 17:15

I bought one at Wisley last summer - mine is dead too! I'm very disappointed and will not be buying more.

06/05/2013 at 17:23

i grow foxgloves every year...   now i cannot comment on the type you purchased as i grow mine from the seeds of the previous years flowers..   mine put on only green growth in the first year, only a few inches off the ground, then stay like that even over the coldest of winters, then in the second year they grow really tall and flower then die...  mine have never come back after the 2nd year,  but i have been told that this is due the fact that i let them go to seed.  i'm told that if you have a very slim chance of a 3rd years growth if you cut them back hard after flowering and before they go to seed...    although in my local garden center i notice that foxgloves are all labled as bienneial...

06/05/2013 at 17:29

Digitalis purpurea is a hardy biennial mentalmellor. These are the standard, 'grow in the wild' foxgloves. These have been crossed with something not hardy at all to produce a theoretically hardy perennial.

06/05/2013 at 17:35

I also purchased three of the illumination pink foxgloves and kept them in an unheated greenhouse through the winter.  However, they are now in the garden, but extremely small specimens, and no way will they be flowering this year.  Good luck with getting a refund from T and M - I contacted them regarding some oriental poppies which had died in the greenhouse during the winter.  They gave me a code, value £10, which was not recognised, to use with my next purchase . Three emails, one phone call and one letter later I was given another code which, again, was not recognised.  Am I wasting my time with this company?  Really don't know what else I can do.

06/05/2013 at 17:41

I have 3 left to plant out - I think I will put them in a large pot and move to the greenhouse for winter. Those in the garden will have to be dug up when the weather gets cold and overwintered in the greenhouse too. I will let you know what T&M say. Thanks for the replies - please keep them coming

Pete H

06/05/2013 at 17:41

Buy real plants from real nurseries break. The nursery owner will know what he's grown and whether it's hardy or not. As well as where it will grow. Our local GC's have rows of ericaceous plants, we're miles from anywhere they'd grow. A proper nursery wouldn't be doing that.

06/05/2013 at 17:46

Thanks break23. I suppose all any disgruntled gardener can do is post the tale of woe on forums such as this to warn others. I'm going to send an email to Monty Don as well.

06/05/2013 at 17:47

I had trouble with T & M a few years back.  They supplied echinacea plugs that were much smaller than expected.

I complained....just a defensive attitude from T & M.  I complained again, more forcibly....."plants not fit for purpose"....and got full refund.

To successfully complain you need to be persistent, to contact manager, to stand your ground and DEMAND a full refund.  Believe me it works.  I complain about everything that fails to be up to expectation and never lose.

06/05/2013 at 17:53

Thanks Verdun - I'll take your advice    

06/05/2013 at 18:02

I tried phoning five times before I finally got through and it's such a waste of time and money when you are sitting waiting for someone to take your call.  T and M plants look like they are a bargain when advertised just for the cost of postage in GW magazine but I'm seriously thinking of ignoring them in future.  I have had other plants from them in the past which have failed but did nothing about complaining as thought it must be my fault being a new gardener. Now I'm more knowledgeable about gardening but I'm still not getting a refund.

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