- Plant Type: Annual
- Sun: Part Shade
- Plant Size: 10 to 16 inches
Often a sentimental choice, marigolds are multi-purpose: they are showstoppers in a border and workhorses in the vegetable garden. They also make pretty cut flowers. Use marigolds as companions for herbs and veggies in the garden and in containers. Plant after all danger of frost is passed.
Plant Spacing: 8-15 inches.
Secrets to Success »
Place in well-drained soil and feed with a slow-release fertilizer upon planting. Pinching off old blooms with your thumb keeps them bouncing back with more flowers until frost.
Neat mounds or rows of marigolds are perfect for containers, baskets, patio pots, landscape beds, or by the mailbox. A great cut flower for old-fashioned bouquets, gardeners have also relied on them for generations in the vegetable garden to ward off nematodes and pests. Sprinkle the edible petals on a salad for a zesty garnish.
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- Tomatoes and peppers in the vegetable garden.
- Mix in beds or containers with zinnia, lantana, sun coleus, and salvia.