How to Winterize Foxglove 'Apricot Beauty'


Neither its Latin name, digitalis, nor its common name of foxglove can describe the beauty of this flower. Although some foxglove plants reach 6.5 feet tall, the Apricot Beauty variety grows just 40 to 47 inches, with spires of soft apricot pink flowers. The method of winterizing foxglove will depend upon whether or not you want the plant to spread in your garden.

Step 1

Deadhead foxglove to encourage continued producing flowers to the end of the blooming season. The American Gardening Association recommends you remove the central flower spike after flowering, thereby encouraging the formation of side shoots that will produce more flowers.

Step 2

Remove spent flowers to prevent foxglove from spreading. Once established, these flowers are prolific self-sowers and, if left alone, they can become invasive.

Step 3

Cover the foxglove garden bed with a 2-inch layer of mulch or a layer of decaying leaves. This will nourish the soil and keep it warm and moist throughout the winter.

Step 4

Prepare the beds if the foxgloves are going to be transplanted. They are undemanding flowers and grow well in sun to partial shade. They adapt to a wide range of soils, but do best in rich, well-draining soil. Before transplanting, dig in generous amounts of compost.

Tips and Warnings

  • All parts of foxglove are poisonous and the foliage can irritate the skin, so wear gardening gloves when handling these flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening shears
  • Shovel
  • Mulch or decaying leaves
  • Compost
  • Gardening gloves


  • The Complete Garden Flower Book: Catie Ziller, Publisher; 2001

Who Can Help

  • Heritage Perennials: Apricot Beauty Foxglove
  • American Gardening Association: Foxglove
Keywords: growing perennials, Foxglove Apricot Beauty, winterizing flowers

About this Author

After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.