(Tagates spp.) Marigolds are native to Central America. These flowers have long-held spiritual significance in a wide range of traditional cultures. French marigold (Tagetes patula) and African marigold (Tagetes erecta) are annual members of the aster family. This bushy ornamental is commonly found interplanted in the vegetable garden, as it possesses natural fragrance that is believed to deter some garden pests. The marigold also sports edible flowers, making it even more at home in the veggie garden. Marigolds are also amazing planted in beds and borders. They are easy to grow and create a gilded blanket of regal warm colors. Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date or direct sow after last frost. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep. Ideal germination temperature is 70-75 F. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days. Marigolds prefer full sun, but they will tolerate some shade. Well-draining soil is best. Space plants 8-10 inches apart.
Annual. Gorgeous to the point of excess! Double, deep orange-to-russet flowers reach 2.5” in diameter. They have a tidy, geometric look because the petals occur in neat concentric rings. Each petal lays nearly flat, without crowding its neighbors, showing the intricate edging, penciled in pure gold. Foot high plants are great for bedding, edging the border, or in window boxes or pots.