Hardy annual. Often self-sows.
Apricot Lemonade Cosmos
A silky soft palette of unique color combinations has made apricot lemonade one of the most highly sought after flowers. Each bloom with its own personality, this is the first cosmos variety known to combine sumptuous shades of buttery lemon, pink and apricot. A truly whimsical display in the landscape or for fine arrangements. Home gardeners and flower farmers alike will adore apricot lemonade as cosmos are one of the easiest flowers to grow from seed; however its romantic look delivers the elegance and sophistication of fine gardening and floral work. Honeybees and native pollinators can’t get enough of this alluring bloom either. You will find the dainty blooms a magnet for pollination.
Black Magic Cosmos
(Cosmos atrosanguineus). Chocolate-scented cosmos, originally from the pine and oak woods in Mexico. Believed to now be extinct in much of their native range in the pine oak forests of the Trans Mexican Volcanic Belt. The intoxicating aroma of chocolate cosmos has made them a favorite of gardeners for centuries, and until recently, plants were wild and a bit scraggly and could only be propagated by cuttings. Renowned flower breeder, Dr. Keith Hammett of New Zealand, has created the incredible new Black Magic cosmos. With larger blooms, a neater growing habit and a few viable seeds, this is an exciting new heirloom innovation! Plants average 2 feet tall with blooms almost 2 inches across and the rich, velvety blooms truly look and smell like chocolate.
(Cosmos bipinnatus) Deep rich ruby-red color is very unusual in a cosmos! Single blooms are a luxuriant, deep burgundy when they open, fading gradually to old rose as they mature. The contrast with the burnished gold of the centers is striking and very regal! Very compact plants reaching only to 2 feet. Superb for cutting, like all cosmos.
Super dwarf red cosmos! Here’s an outstanding addition to the Cosmos clan—award-winning color on compact plants! The color is the very best of the burgundy-magenta that makes cosmos so endearing in the summer garden—varying tones from medium to super-deep. The single blooms have very wide petals; the overall effect is reminiscent of richly pleated silk. The 18-24-inch plants are compact, never lanky. Recently recognized with Europe’s Fleuroselect award. Spectacular!
Sea Shells Cosmos
Here’s something unusual for cottage gardens or for cut flowers: the ray flowers of this charming cosmos are tubular or cone-shaped rather than flat, giving the blooms an intricate look. Three-inch flowers are produced abundantly all summer until frost, in the usual cosmos shades of deep rose, shell pink and pure, snowy white. Plants reach 3-4 feet; like most cosmos, it tolerates poor and dry soils, hot conditions.
Our favorite! Annual that self sows in the garden. This stunning variety garners squeals of delight in the garden. The unusual striping creates an exciting effect, especially when planted en masse. This is the perfect focal point for the landscape or arrangement as the patterns and contrasting colors keep you wanting more. A rich crimson color is offset by transparent white, each petal subtly different from the next. Plants reach 2 feet tall, and the blooms are profuse throughout the season.
“Xanthos” means “yellow”in Greek. This one comes in a focused range of pale ivory to soft butter-yellow tones--absolutely new in Cosmos. No wonder it won a Fleuroselect medal! Single flowers are very large and elegantly showy. Dwarf plants, early and productive, are equally valuable in the landscape, in containers on porches and patios, or cut.