Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Yellow foxgloves in the Shade Path Garden

Digitalis grandiflora and Clematis 'William Kennett' in our garden this week.
Along the Shade Path garden this week, the perennial yellow foxgloves (Digitalis grandiflora) are in bloom. They are a favorite every year, and seed themselves happily around our dry shade garden.  After they have bloomed for about a month, I trim back their spent blooms to the first set of leaves. This deadheading helps them to re-bloom again in September, which is a real treat!

The Shade Path succession planting started out in January with snowdrops and a few Hellebores in February. It was a really cold spring, so things did not really get going until the Iris reticulata 'Katherine Hodgkin' covered the path in April, followed by many more Hellebores orientalis. Then, the shade garden was covered in blue and white for May. Oh, and there was quite a display of pink columbine in there too.

Yellow foxgloves (Digitalis grandiflora) with hosta, Brunnera, and many others along the Shade Path. 
View down the end of the Shade Path to our backyard fence. There is a pretty good slope from the fence down to the sidewalk (below). I love the contrast of the blue hosta with the green early in the summer.
Here is the view from the back of our property, including the curb strip on the left. I posted photos the catmint in the other end of the curb last week. Sedum 'Acre' is blooming yellow this week, which really electrifies the sidewalk! I use it as an all-purpose ground cover around our garden. It is easy to plant, grows quickly, and is not difficult to remove when needed.
I have planted Digitalis grandiflora in patches along the fence and down the hillside, so this view should keep improving over the next few years. The clematis vines (blue Clematis 'William Kennett' and red Clematis 'Earnest Markham') took a few years to get going but are quite the feature now!
View from the sidewalk across the Shade Path and into our back yard. You can just see our table on the stone patio.

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Happy Gardening!


  1. I love the foxglove! I *finally* going to start a shade garden this summer, as soon as they are done finishing my house, and the foxglove is on my wish list. I'm glad to know that they will rebloom!

    1. Good for you, Emily! Looking forward to seeing it :)

  2. I've just been and had a look at my yellow foxgloves, not even a sign of buds yet, but they will come. Yours look super contrasting with your lovely clematis, there is always something interesting going on in your garden.

  3. I have the yellow foxglove as well, it is a plant I really enjoy. It really looks good with that clematis, and I am amazed the clematis is blooming so well in shade. That Sedum groundcover looks fantastic!

  4. I love the way you repeat plant in the borders, it really makes an impact. I', thinking of trying some foxgloves under my mulberry, if I could have some September interest there I would be very happy. Christina

  5. beautifull shadow plants nice colors!!!!

  6. I love how the yellow foxgloves are popping up and looking over the hosta

  7. Sigh...that path with luscious plants on both sides is gorgeous! No matter the season, your garden always looks great!


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