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Foxglove ‘Mertonensis’


Great for wildlife
June - July
80cm x 50cm
Shade, Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Hardy Biennial

Digitalis Mertonensis is tall growing foxglove that bears light pink flowers surrounding long, deciduous stems. It’s a perfect variety for borders where it can tower over smaller plants when at the back, and also work when potted on the patio.

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RHS Plants For Pollinators
RHS Garden Merit Award
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Digitalis 'Mertonensis' has been meticulously chosen by our horticultural team for its commendable qualities and adaptability. Honoured with the RHS Award of Garden Merit, this perennial boasts tall spikes adorned with tubular, rosy pink flowers. Standing at an average height of 120-150 cm, 'Mertonensis' serves as a prominent vertical element in borders and mixed plantings, making a significant visual impact. This digitalis variety accommodates various soil types and light conditions, catering to a broad spectrum of garden spaces. Its versatility extends beyond its adaptability; 'Mertonensis' is well-suited for diverse garden styles. From cottage gardens to formal landscapes, this perennial seamlessly integrates into a variety of settings, elevating your garden design in both traditional and contemporary outdoor spaces. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Digitalis 'Mertonensis' plays a vital role in supporting local biodiversity by attracting pollinators. This ecological contribution aligns with our commitment to sustainable gardening practices. Whether you're cultivating a cottage garden, a formal landscape, or a wildlife-friendly haven, 'Mertonensis' emerges as a reliable and impactful choice, marrying visual beauty with positive ecological impact.

Planting Conditions

To successfully plant Digitalis 'Mertonensis', choose well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Opt for a location with partial to full sun exposure, ensuring the plants receive 4-6 hours of sunlight daily. Space them 12-18 inches apart to allow proper air circulation. Mulch the area to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Plant in early Spring or Autumn for optimal establishment. This foxglove variety is known for its striking pink blooms, and these planting conditions will contribute to its healthy growth and vibrant flowering in your garden.

Watering & Feeding

For Digitalis 'Mertonensis', maintaining optimal moisture levels is crucial. Regular watering, especially during dry spells, ensures the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Focus on the base of the plant to avoid foliage moisture, preventing potential diseases. While this foxglove variety appreciates fertile soil, feeding requirements are generally modest. A balanced, slow-release fertiliser applied in early Spring can provide sufficient nutrients for healthy growth and blooming. However, avoid excessive fertilisation, as it may lead to leggy growth. Overall, Digitalis 'Mertonensis' benefits from a balanced approach to watering and modest feeding, contributing to its robust and prolific display of pink spires in your garden.

General Care

Ensuring the thriving health of Digitalis 'Mertonensis' involves attentive general care. Regular monitoring for pests, particularly aphids and slugs, is essential, as they can impact foxgloves. Deadhead spent blooms to encourage continuous flowering and prevent self-seeding. Pruning may be necessary after the blooming season to enhance overall plant vigour and shape. Keep an eye for signs of diseases like powdery mildew and address promptly if detected. Adequate spacing promotes air circulation and helps prevent potential fungal issues. This foxglove variety generally requires minimal care beyond these considerations. Enjoying its pink spires in your garden is easily achieved with a balanced approach to pest control, deadheading, and occasional pruning to maintain a healthy and vibrant display.