Today we’re visiting Natasha Grover’s garden in Chicago.
I tried marigolds (Tagetes patula) two years ago and found that they are the best-kept secret. I get a lot of rabbits and Japanese beetles, and these plants survived both!
In addition, they bloom from June all the way to mid-October here in Chicago. I keep on deadheading them everyday, and last year I collected 4 gallons worth of seeds. This year I did not purchase marigolds but sprinkled the seeds that I had collected the previous year. My front yard is filled with them now. What I love about them is the uniqueness of each flower.
Marigolds range from yellow to nearly red and every shade of orange in between. (Editor’s note: If you, like Natasha, enjoy saving seeds from your marigolds or other annuals, you can shift the color range to your favorite shades by just saving seeds from the plants that flower in the colors you like best.)
I also love my morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) that is from seed. Although an annual, it keeps on coming back every year!
This year I tried to make a flower tower using petunias. Mine did not bloom as fully as I had seen on Pinterest, and I had some of the plants die, but it still is blooming. My goal next year is to learn to make a full cascading basket, give another go at the flower tower (maybe try different flowers), and plant more marigolds!
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