The marigold family encompasses a wide range of varieties, tall to short, light yellow to flaming red. Plant marigold seeds in a sunny location with well drained soil. As well as bringing sunny colours to the garden, marigolds are often used as a companion plant, repelling unwanted insects and underground nematodes. As a bonus, the Gem varieties impart a wonderful citrus scent and are often used as an edible flower.
Bloom time: Summer to frost.