Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Favorite or New Plant
Foxglove (Digitalis spp.) is a perennial plant that reseeds freely. It seems to do well in many types of soil. It likes to be kept moist, but is very forgiving. The tall spires of flowers stand well above the rest of the garden plants and provide height to a border or bed. Deadhead faded spikes to encourage new ones to form. Foxglove will bloom from early spring through summer. Be advised, all parts are poisonous!
Clever Gardening Technique
To prevent weeds from growing in garden beds, cultivate the soil frequently. Use a cultivation tool such as a garden claw or Ames hoe and work carefully around existing plantings. Cultivating dislodges weed seeds before they germinate and also adds oxygen to heavy clay soil.