The Multi-Faceted Marigold

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Beaming yellow, orange and rust-colored marigold blooms are a common sight in summer, but this flower has a few interesting surprises that make it anything but common. It works hard, offers protection, won’t be a bother and can be quite charming. Sounds like the perfect partner! Read more about what makes the marigold a must-have in any garden.

True Companion

French Marigold Seeds Protecting Tomato Plants

Marigolds are a popular companion plant for veggies, particularly tomatoes. You can also place them alongside cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and other tasty favorites to help repel harmful pests!

Studies have shown that marigold plant roots create chemicals that kill root knot nematodes, as well as other harmful nematodes that feed on plant roots. If you are simply using marigolds for pest control and don’t care what variety you plant, go with French marigolds like our popular Sparky Mix. They have proven to be the most effective critter keeper-outers. At the end of the growing season, try working your marigolds into the soil to provide even better pest management. Not only will your veggies be protected, your garden will have the added benefit of looking full, colorful and cheerful.

High Achiever

Winner of the All-American Selections Award

AAS winners have been “Tested Nationally & Proven Locally™” for garden superiority by horticulture professionals across North America. The Queen Sophia variety of French Marigolds took home its All-American Selection’s award in 1979, and has been producing stunning double blossoms bursting with deep reds and delicate golds for gardeners around the country ever since. Like all other marigolds, the Queen Sophia requires full sun, and will often grow to nearly a foot tall with the proper spacing and watering. It is very versatile in gardens, as it can be used as a showcase flower, in pots as an ornamental, as a pollinator attractant, and as a pest repellant.

AAS Winner Queen Sophia

Growing Advice

Known for their aromatic blooms, marigolds are among the easiest and most versatile flowers to grow. They tolerate most soils and bloom brightly all summer long. They don’t even mind being planted in poor to average soil as long as it is not too soggy.

In springtime (any zone), sow seeds directly into your garden about 1 inch apart and not deep, just 1/16th of an inch. You’ll see sprouts within days and blooms in just 8 weeks! You’ll want to thin out the plants to be roughly 12 inches apart for best results. These beauties do like lots of sun but can do fine with a few hours of shade. Learn much more about growing them in our Marigold Planting Guide.

Notable Benefits

  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Hummingbirds Love Them
  • Fragrant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Great for a Cut Flower Garden
  • Easy to Grow & Maintain
  • A Container Garden Favorite