Mighty Marigolds a Fall Favorite
Fall is here and with it comes cooler weather and in many regions a garden that can seems to have lost the zest of summer. Yet there is a way to add an instant splash of color to your autumn plot, simply plant some mighty marigolds. Marigolds love the cooler weather and they are hardy, brightly colored and good to look at; that’s a mighty fine combination and one that gives them our vote for October’s flower of the month.
Marigolds are an annual plant so they are perfect for filling in areas in the garden that have lost the pizzazz of summer; they also look great in containers and window boxes. There are two genera of marigold: Tagetes and Celendula. African marigolds and French marigolds are part of the genus Tagetes and the very popular pot marigolds are part of the genus Calendula.
Marigolds come many different colors but they are they are most commonly known for their signature fall colors of yellow and orange. They are not known for their scent as it is a strong and quite unpleasant but it does keep away some critters and pests which can prove very useful.
Marigolds can be grown in the coldest of climates and are very resilient despite their delicate petals; this makes them a great fall flower and a popular pick for many gardeners. They like full sun and do best in well drained soil; mulching around the base of the plant will help it to retain moisture and protect the roots from heavy frosts. In some warmer regions the marigold can bloom well into the winter, what a lovely cold weather treat.
Like Mums, that other fall favorite, they look good in mass plantings or scattered about in pots on the patio or front doorstep adding cheer and color wherever they grow. French marigolds are gorgeous flowers with multicolored petals, there autumnal hues look as if they have been painted on. African marigolds are very common and equally lovely, their orange and yellow blooms are a joyful sight and they are the most popular member of all the marigold family.
Mighty marigolds add color and joy to any autumn garden and that is why they will always be a fall favorite.