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Signet marigold

Tagetes tenuifolia

There's a whole world of other, less commonly planted marigolds out there than the fancy French and big African marigolds. If you like a more simple, understated marigold, try the sweet little signet marigolds. They have small half-inch blooms atop lacy foliage. This type includes showy little delicacies such as 'Lemon Gem', 'Tangerine Gem', and 'Starfire'.





1 to 3 feet


8-12 inches wide

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more varieties for Signet marigold
Lemon Gem marigold

Lemon Gem marigold

(Tagetes tenuifolia 'Lemon Gem') bears single golden-yellow blooms all summer long on 1-foot-tall plants.

Red Gem marigold

Red Gem marigold

(Tagetes tenuifolia 'Red Gem') bears single red-orange blooms all summer long on 1-foot-tall plants.

Tangerine Gem marigold

Tangerine Gem marigold

(Tagetes tenuifolia 'Tangerine Gem') bears single orange-yellow blooms all summer long on 1-foot-tall plants.

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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.


Geraniums have been a gardener's favorite for well over a century. The old-fashioned standard for beds, borders, and containers, geranium is still one of the most popular plants today. Traditional bedding types love hot weather and hold up well to dry conditions; many offer colorful foliage. Regal, also called Martha Washington, geraniums are more delicate-looking and do better in the cool conditions of spring and fall.Though most geraniums are grown as annuals, they are perennials in Zones 10-11. Bring them indoors to overwinter, if you like, then replant outdoors in spring. Or they can bloom indoors all year long if they get enough light.

Sweet potato vine

Among the most popular container-garden plants, sweet potato vine is a vigorous grower that you can count on to make a big impact. Its colorful foliage, in shades of chartreuse or purple, accents just about any other plant. Grow a few together in a large pot, and they make a big impact all on their own.Sweet potato vines do best during the warm days of summer and prefer moist, well-drained soil. They thrive in sun or shade.

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