Foxglove is easy to naturalize and is very effective grown in the woods or along woodland paths. I have had plants grow in the shadiest part of an Oak grove, from seed sifting through the garden sweepings that had been thrown there. Foxgloves sow themselves and increase rapidly, and can be so easily moved that clumps of them may be transplanted to any position desired. White is the most effective colour in the wood, and white with Gloxinia-like spots, which add greatly to the odd form of the flower. White and purple may be combined in groups, and as the purple grows to a greater height and forms strong, erect spikes, it is the best to use for the centre of the clumps. Foxglove is not only easy but cheap to naturalize, and the effect obtained with it is most striking as it is not particularly familiar in such connection and is one of the comparatively few plants that can be successfully grown and bloomed in the shade. Transplant Foxgloves in early Spring, and sow every season to keep a supply coming.
Many wild flowers may be grown on the edge of the lawn, and where there is a field in sight of the garden or yard it may be made attractive with some of our native plants. The line between the semi-formal garden and the wild garden of fields and woods should not be too sharply drawn. One should melt gracefully into the other, like the mingling of the fountain's overflow with the brook. If your grounds possess any good natural features, such as a wood or glade, or knolls or rocks, let them alone; do not try to civilize them too much or decorate them with exotic plants and flowers.
Foxgloves along a Woodland Path.
Following is a list of hardy herbaceous plants that arc of secondary importance in the garden on account of their medium size and less striking characteristics. They may be planted along the borders of the paths or in some place that has not filled out according to your expectations.