Tagetes, the ever popular marigold, are more than a classic summer blooming annual. These lovely flowers attract beneficial pollinators, are edible, can be used to make natural dyes, and in the case of specific species, have insecticidal properties that make them a favorite for companion planting in the vegetable garden.
Tagetes erecta, commonly known as African / Aztec / American Marigolds are known for their bushy upright form (up to 18”) and have a variety of flower forms ranging from simple to lush pom-poms.
Tagetes patula, also called French Marigold, varieties range from 6 to 18 inches. Flowers range from single to fully double and in colors from bright yellow to mahogany brown. These deeply colored flowers may also be used as natural dye source. Interestingly, though this species is native to Mexico, it earned it’s common name by making its popular debut in France before spreading to gardens across Europe.
Tagetes tenuifolia, also known as Signet Marigold, have simple bright orange or yellow flowers, usually about an inch wide. Their finely cut, lacy foliage is a distinguishing feature.
A note on companion planting and insecticidal properties: The roots of certain Tagetes species have been found to exude a substance that minimize soil borne pests (such as certain nematodes), but only after being established for at least three months.
A double French marigold growing 6-10” tall by 10-12”wide. Comes in colors of yellow, orange, gold, red with gold highlights and gold with red highlights.
Single French marigolds growing 12”tall by 8-10” wide. Available in yellow, red, orange, and bicolor. An improved version of other single French marigolds.
Extra-large blooms on compact plants make a bold statement as the flattened large lower petals work their way up to ruffled centers. Grows 10-12’’ tall.
These two are a favorite for edible flower lovers! With their bright citrusy scent, darling flowers and fringy foliage,
Huge 4” round blooms in shades of yellow or orange. Grows 12-14” tall and wide. A garden classic.
These varieties celebrate Marigolds’ place in the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living during this holiday, and Marigolds vibrant color and scent help guide the spirits to their altars. ‘Day of the Dead’ produces large flowers good for fresh and dried arrangements. Grows 24-36’’ tall. (Not always available)
Jedi features bold ball-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from early summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's fragrant ferny leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. Grows 4 feet tall! (Not always available)
Tagetes ‘Vanilla’, with their creamy pom-pom flowers, are a refreshing departure from the conventional marigold orange and yellow. Vanilla's subtle shade blends beautifully with its marigold cousins and equally well with pastel and jewel tone flowers. Grows about 16” tall.
Annuals are planted every year and provide color summer till frost. Many annuals can be wintered over indoors or reseed outdoors providing extra value to their flower power!