Toxic plants: Asiatic lily, asparagus fern, begonia, box, calla lily, cherry laurel, clematis, cordyline, chrysanthemum, daisy, daffodil bulbs, dahlia, delphinium, elderberry, eucalyptus, flax, foxglove
, geranium, grape plant, green seed potatoes, hydrangea, ivy, lobelia, lupin, marigold, nerium oleander, peony, plantain lily, poppy, privet hedge, tomato plant, verbena, wisteria, yew tree.
But the display is likely to be short-lived with foxgloves
fading by the end of June.
self perpetuate by producing large quantities of seed and letting it drop to the ground beneath them; they are in seed now and germinate best if sown on or near the surface of bare ground that is kept moist until they are well established.
Carol hard at work planting pot grown foxgloves
in the woodland garden, above
herald the start of summer in our wild woods and fields, appearing in May and continuing for several months.
All of them have been developed from wild foxgloves
of the Old World.
There are pretty white bush geraniums in some wooden troughs in a shady corner which have flowered well despite the lack of sunshine, while her borders are peppered with white foxgloves
, white roses and tall, scented tobacco plants, Nicotiana sylvestris.
When I was young I was always told that foxgloves
will grow in most soils but won't tolerate drying out in late summer.
Hands off foxgloves
I always enjoy hearing from readers and last week Bill Sweetman wrote to ask me if I know why foxgloves
are so plentiful this year.
prefer acid, well drained soil and like partial shade.
can grow up to 5ft tall and they offer a new dimension to any part of the garden - both in sun and shade.
With modern farming practices continuing to disturb the bees' natural habitats, Barratt Mercia is taking the initiative by planting honeysuckles, foxgloves
, poppies, lavenders and catmint around its new homes.
Tim Lovett, president of the BBKA said people can encourage bees to visit their gardens by planting single flowering plants and vegetables, such as flowering herbs, mint and beans, and tall flowers like hollyhocks and foxgloves
SUMMER SHOT: Today's photo is of bee and foxgloves
, taken at Blanchland by Iain Anderson