I tend to chose the same tried and true plants for my flower beds year after year. To be honest, although I love gardening, I’m just not very good at it. However, I do know what plants have given me success in the past, and I don’t stray too far from them.
But every once in a while something new catches my eye, and then exceeds my expectations, or should I say does well, in spite of my lack of gardening prowess. This year I discovered Chinese foxglove.
Chinese foxglove (Rehmannia elata), also known as Beverly bells, is similar to common foxglove, however it is showier and has a longer blooming season. See the comparison below with a volunteer of common foxglove from my flower bed. The Chinese foxglove is on the left.
The large flared tubular blooms are rosy magenta with a yellow throat speckled with maroon. The slightly furry foliage is lightly lobed, serrated and sometimes tinged with an outline of red.
The Chinese foxglove attracts hummingbirds, bees & butterflies, is deer and rabbit resistant, makes excellent cut flowers, and is drought tolerant once it is established.
“My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.” ̶ H. Fred Dale