Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cosmos sulphureus

Cosmos sulphureus 'Bright Lights'
This summer annual which grows to about 60cm is one which returns year after year, as it sets lots of seed and does not require any special attention or soil. Seed usually germinates after rain and the seedlings grow quickly and flower within a matter of weeks. The best planting of it I have seen was one where it was grown under standard 'Iceberg' Roses, that other stalwart of the garden which go on flowering for months. All Cosmos species produce pollen rich flowers which attract beneficial insects to the garden. This orange form is the most common colour in the mix but yellow and scarlet flowers also appear .

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