Cosmos

Cosmos are known as sun-loving annuals, which can easily be mistaken for a perennial because of how often they reseed themselves. The foliage is airy, and the flowers have daisy-like petals that surround its yellow center. It commonly grows in shades of pink, purple and white, as well as, orange, burgundy and yellow. Blooming throughout the summer months, they attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden. Some varieties can grow up to almost 6 feet tall!

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  • Just sow seeds lightly—about ¼-inch deep and 12–18 inches apart.
  • Needs soil that is not too rich, as the rich soil will encourage foliage at the expense of bloom.
  • If you are growing cosmos from seeds, be mindful that it takes about 7 weeks to first bloom.
  • Cosmos flowers can tolerate warm, dry weather. They are even drought-tolerant.
  • Water regularly, but make sure you don’t over-water the plants.