PLANT OF THE WEEK

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEW HOMES -

I spot­ted this lovely French marigold in full bloom this week and loved its ex­u­ber­ant red petals, out­lined in yel­low.

It’s part of the Disco series of marigolds which are bred in in­tense colours in­clud­ing ma­hogany red, yel­low and bi-colours. Tagetes is a halfhardy an­nual which you sow in spring un­der cover at a tem­per­a­ture of 21°C. It flow­ers in sum­mer and will keep go­ing un­til next month at least.

It has good drought tol­er­ance, sin­gle flow­ers at­tract ben­e­fi­cial in­sects and the roots are thought to re­pel root at­tack­ing ne­ma­todes mak­ing it a good com­pan­ion for your veg patch.

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