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Sometimes grown as an herb, cheerful calendulas look good in every garden. The cream, yellow, apricot, or orange flowers are edible, adding bright color and tang to soups and salads. And they're great cut flowers, adding a burst of sunshine to bouquets. Cool-season annuals, these plants do best in early spring or fall in most parts of the country but can be grown for winter color in the southernmost parts.
They like a variety of soils but need good drainage and moderate water. Deadhead them regularly to prolong bloom. Calendula will reseed in ideal conditions.
how to grow Calendula
The petals of calendula can be harvested at any time, but it’s best to pick them as soon as the flowers open. The petals of young blooms will be more tender than those of older flowers. You can dry the petals on screens for later use. Use calendula as a saffron substitute or to add vibrant color to a salad.
garden plans for Calendula
more varieties for Calendula
'Candyman Orange' calendula
Calendula 'Candyman Orange' offers double orange flowers on compact plants that grow only 1 foot tall.
'Daisy Mix' calendula
Calendula 'Daisy Mix' offers single flowers in shades of yellow, apricot, and orange.
'Spring Surprise' calendula
Calendula 'Spring Surprise' offers double yellow, orange, and apricot blooms on 2-foot-tall plants.
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Chrysanthemums are a must-have for the fall garden. No other late-season flower delivers as much color, for as long and as reliably as good ol' mums. Beautiful chrysanthemum flowers, available in several colors, bring new life to a garden in the fall. Some varieties have daisy blooms; others may be rounded globes, flat, fringed, quill shape, or spoon shape. They work exceptionally well in container plantings and pots. Learn more about using mums for a fall-flowering garden.
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