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Fireworks in the garden, with Foxgloves and Cardoons

  • Fireworks in the garden, with Foxgloves and Cardoons
  • Fireworks in the garden, with Foxgloves and Cardoons

General advice is to plant Foxgloves at the back of the border because of their height - up to 5ft or more. But with great beefy Cardoons behind them they can come forward. In Spring, the Cardoon leaves muscle in first, at such a speed you can almost watch them grow. The Foxglove fireworks then go off in June, their ascending tubular bells showing well against the silver-grey Cardoon foliage. Last the Cardoons thrust out their purple-flamed cannon ball heads in August. You can almost hear the bangs and smell the gunpowder. There's also a sense of something primal, or prehistoric, going on. Not for gardeners of a nervous disposition.

Comments (1)

  1. Grower

    WrightRhodos

    They are definitely a strong combination ... pre-historic celery, as the Cardoon is sometimes described, cooks well http://food52.com/blog/6722-cardoon-a-vegetable-with-built-in-armor; and the potent Foxglove, which has a history of use for heart conditions, is highly toxic and can be fatal. Not for home herbal use.

    Watch and stand back, as you suggest, would be my advice with that one.


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