African marigold ‘Mis­sion Giant’

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Here’s an African marigold that thinks it’s a chrysan­the­mum! Its yel­low blooms could eas­ily be con­fused with those of a pot ‘mum, but this is a marigold with a dif­fer­ence, as its flow­ers can reach a width of 7.5cm (3in) – much big­ger than most African types. It has an­other trick up its sleeve: the green eyes of its flow­ers are tightly com­pact, so rain wa­ter sits on top, rather than soak­ing into the flower and rot­ting it – a real bonus if we have a soggy sum­mer! ‘Mis­sion Giant’ is great for grow­ing in bor­ders or for cut flow­ers, and blooms from mid-June un­til late Septem­ber. Price: £2.99 for 20 seeds; www.sut­tons.co.uk or 0844 326 2200.

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