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French Marigold

Tagetes patula

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.





1 to 3 feet


6-8 inches wide

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

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Bidens is a perfect container plant. It spills down the edges of windowboxes, large pots, and planters with starry, yellow flowers and ferny, green foliage. Some varieties are fragrant so plant them where you can enjoy their sweet scent. Bidens likes rich, well-drained but moist soil. While it's a perennial in Zones 8-10, it's usually grown as an annual.
Moss rose
Moss rose is the gardener's choice for the hottest, driest, most problematic spots in the garden -- even a clay strawberry pot in full sun. This succulent plant thrives in heat, drought, and lousy soil, rewarding gardeners with nonstop color. Coming in sunny warm reds, oranges, magentas, and yellows, moss rose looks at home in a sun-drenched area. There's also a whole pastel color palette for moss rose -- creamy white, pink, and peach varieties. It often happily reseeds, coming back every year with gusto.
Want fast color for just pennies? Plant zinnias! A packet of seeds will fill an area with gorgeous flowers in an amazing array of shapes and colors -- even green! And it will happen in just weeks. There are dwarf types of zinnias, tall types, quill-leaf cactus types, spider types, multicolor, special seed blends for cutting, special blends for attracting butterflies, and more.Zinnias are so highly attractive to butterflies that you can count on having these fluttering guests dining in your garden every afternoon. But to attract the most, plant lots of tall, red or hot pink zinnias in a large patch. 'Big Red' is especially nice for this, and the flowers are outstanding, excellent for cutting. Zinnias grow quickly from seed sown right in the ground and do best in full sun with dry to well-drained soil.

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