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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● COS­MOS

These cheer­ful daisy-like blooms on bushy plants add both height and colour to the sum­mer bor­der and are per­fect filler plants to re­place ear­lier peren­ni­als which have faded.

Plant breed­ers are pro­duc­ing more dwarf ver­sions which are good for pa­tio pots but in mixed borders it’s best to go for larger plants which will make more of an im­pact. Cos­mos also pro­vide cut flow­ers in beau­ti­ful colours from soft pinks to carmines and then deep claret-crim­son in late sum­mer, which is when the ten­der peren­nial C. atrosan­guineus, the cho­co­late-smelling cos­mos, comes into flower.

They like full sun and moist but well-drained soil. The an­nu­als will thrive with reg­u­lar top dress­ing, wa­ter­ing and pick­ing.

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