‘Dusky Maid’

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Why

From June to Au­gust this dis­tinc­tive Span­ish fox­glove fea­tures burnt orange thim­ble­shaped flow­ers with ma­roon throats and re­curved dusky yel­low lips.

Where

Happy in shade or sun, it thrives in poor soils and tol­er­ates drought. It ben­e­fits from pro­tec­tion dur­ing win­ter, if there’s risk of wa­ter­log­ging or long bouts of snow fore­cast.

How

This fox­glove is in­cred­i­bly easy to grow, and hardy to -10C. Ei­ther leave faded flow­ers un­til seeds ma­ture, which you can har­vest or leave on the plant to self-seed. Re­mov­ing flower spikes after flow­ers fade will en­cour­age se­condary blooms.

Works well with

Mediter­ranean peren­ni­als such as salvias, san­toli­nas, per­ovskias and laven­ders.

How to buy

Buy three young plants for £8.99, six for £11.99 (save £5.99) or 12 for only £17.98. P&P £4.95. Sup­plied as young plants in 14 days. Order at gar­den­shop.tele­graph.co.uk/ or call 0333 772 0325. Con­tract for sup­ply of goods is with Hayloft Plants Ltd. Of­fer closes July 15 2016.

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