Often labelled as ‘dainty’ and ‘sweet’. Cosmos are so much more than ‘easy to grow’. A border/plot filled with cosmos is alive and thriving. They can grow up to 1.2m (depending on variety) and have stems thick enough to withstand secateurs. These plants are great and should never be undervalued!
Grown by sowing the seeds indoors from February-April or outdoors April-May. It then flowers in June-October!
Cosmos attract bees and butterflies, their open flower heads allow the insects to wallow the in the glorious pollen. Make sure to dead-head during June-October to encourage flowering.
You can buy shorter varieties for smaller spaces or pinch out the tops when they are seedlings; this will encourage the plant to become more compact.
These plants are annuals so make sure to dig them up in autumn, when flowering has finished. You can harvest the dry seed heads and sow the seeds next year.
My top 5 favourites for 2017!!!
- Mixed Sensation
- Psyche White
- Double Click Cranberries
- Double Click Rose
- Versailles Tetra