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French Marigold

Tagetes patula selections

French Marigold

Just as you'd expect from something called French, these marigolds are the fancy ones. French marigolds tend to be frilly and some boast a distinctive "crested eye." They grow roughly 8-12 inches high with a chic, neat, little growth habit and elegant dark green foliage.

They do best in full sun with moist, well-drained soil and will flower all summer long. They may reseed, coming back year after year, in spots where they're happy.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
8-12 inches tall
Plant Width:
6-8 inches wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Fragrant,Dried Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Tagetes patula 'Disco Queen') bears orange-red flowers ringed in yellow on long-blooming plants that grow 1 foot tall and wide.
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(Tagetes patula 'Durango Red') produces orange-red flowers all summer long on plants that grow 1 foot tall and wide.
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(Tagetes patula 'Little Devil Fire') bears double red-and-yellow flowers on compact plants that grow only 8 inches tall and wide.
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(Tagetes patula 'Striped Marvel') offers bold burgundy-and-gold striped blossoms on 2-foot mounded plants.
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(Tagetes patula 'Yellow Gate') bears 3-inch-wide blooms atop rounded, 10- to 12-inch-tall plants.
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Plant It With

Bidens is such a rugged plant, it'll bloom happily while draped across hot pavement. It's great along a front edge with marigolds standing up behind.

Moss rose

Charming moss roses make a colorful, carefree carpet underneath French marigolds.


It takes bold blooms to hold their own up next to marigolds, and zinnias are ready for the job. Zinnias appreciate the same kind of garden environment -- sunny and well-drained soil -- expand the color range that marigolds offer.