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You can depend on this cottage-garden favorite to fill your garden with color all season long. The simple, daisylike flowers appear in cheery shades on tall stems that are great for cutting. The lacy foliage makes a great backdrop for shorter plants, as well. Cosmos often self-seeds in the garden, so you may only have to plant it once, though the colors can appear muddy or odd in the reseeders.
Plant cosmos from seed directly in the ground in spring. Or start from established seedlings. This flower doesn't like fertilizing or conditions that are too rich, which causes the foliage to be large and lush but with fewer blooms. It does best with average moisture but will tolerate drought.
These two cut flowers look great together in the garden and in the vase.Dusty miller
Set off cosmos' beautiful ferny foliage with the silvery notes in dusty miller leaves.Salvia
Mix blue salvia's spiky blue flowers with pink or white cosmos for a stunning presentation you count on to look good all season, in any kind of weather.