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Cosmos

Cosmos bipinnatus (Cosmos ‘Daydream’)

Life: Annual

 

Size: 30-36″

 

Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Dry to Average, Good Drainage, Somewhat Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

Soil: Mildy Acidic to Neutral, Poor Sandy Loam to Loam

 

This outstanding variety has palest pink to white flowers with medium pink throats surrounding a yellow center. It blooms from late spring through the summer. A semi-dwarf variety, it will grow to 30-36″ tall with very finely cut foliage. Give it plenty of sun and good drainage. It is an excellent cutting flower and attracts butterflies to the garden. In the summer, when the plants are producing more seed pods than flowers, cut the plants back slightly and they will flush back into bloom in no time.

Cosmos bipinnatus (Cosmos ‘Double Click’)

Life: Annual

 

Size: 36-40″

 

Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Dry to Average, Good Drainage, Somewhat Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

Soil: Mildy Acidic to Neutral, Poor Sandy Loam to Loam

 

The perfect summer cottage garden flower, this award winning variety features double and semi double flowers in a colorful blend of rosy-red, white and pink shades. With frazzled petal edges and a sunny yellow center, these are the perfect cutting flowers and the more you cut the flowers, the faster new buds form to replace them. If not using as cut flowers, be sure to dead-head them on a regular basis to keep buds coming. The well-branched plants with airy, finely cut foliage grow 36-40″ tall, bloom from mid-spring through summer and are very attractive to butterflies. Plant them in full sun in well-drained soil

Cosmos bipinnatus (Cosmos ‘Picotee’)

Life: Annual

 

Size: 48″

 

Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Dry to Average, Good Drainage, Somewhat Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

Soil: Mildy Acidic to Neutral, Poor Sandy Loam to Loam

 

‘Picotee’ is a beautiful cosmos with large 2½-3″ white flowers edged in magenta. It is a good background plant that grows 48″ tall with airy, finely cut foliage. A native of Mexico, it prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny position, with protection from wind. The perfect summer cottage garden flower, cosmos attract lots of butterflies and are excellent cutting flowers — the more you cut, the faster new buds form to replace them. If not using as cut flowers, be sure to dead-head them on a regular basis to keep buds coming. Plant them in full sun in well-drained soil.

Cosmos bipinnatus (Cosmos ‘Psyche’)

Life: Annual

 

Size: 4½’

 

Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Dry to Average, Good Drainage, Somewhat Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

Soil: Mildy Acidic to Neutral, Poor Sandy Loam to Loam

 

The big, 4″, semi-double blooms of lavender-pink, rose, magenta and white have frilly petals surrounding the golden center. Excellent background plants, they grow 4½’ tall and have airy, finely cut foliage. Native to Mexico, they bloom from mid-spring through the summer and prefer well drained beds in full sun. The perfect summer cottage garden flower, cosmos attract lots of butterflies and are excellent cutting flowers — the more you cut, the faster new buds form to replace them. If not using as cut flowers, be sure to dead-head them on a regular basis to keep buds coming.

Cosmos bipinnatus (Cosmos ‘Sonata’ Series)

Life: Annual

 

Size: 2′

 

Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Dry to Average, Good Drainage, Somewhat Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

Soil: Mildy Acidic to Neutral, Poor Sandy Loam to Loam

 

This award winning, 2′ tall variety was originally bred for home gardens rather than as cutting flowers like the rest of the C. bipinnatus family. However, they make excellent cutting flowers; just use a smaller vase since their stems are shorter. Their 2¾”, single, daisy-like blooms come in white, rose, pink and carmine surrounding a yellow center. The bushy plants have airy, finely cut foliage and prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Native to Mexico, they bloom from mid-spring through the summer. If not using the flowers for cutting, be sure dead-head on a regular basis to keep bud production at a peak.

Cosmos sulphureus (Cosmos ‘Sunny’ Series)

Life: Annual

 

Size: 18-20″

 

Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Dry to Average, Good Drainage, Somewhat Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

Soil: Mildy Acidic to Alkaline, Poor Sandy Loam to Loam

 

Similar to marigolds, but with semi-double rather than double flowers and unscented foliage, these heat loving annuals have bright yellow, orange or red flowers from late spring until frost. This 18-20″ variety has stems long enough to cut and attracts butterflies like crazy. Be sure to dead-head them to prevent seeds from forming and providing a constant supply of buds. Extremely easy to grow, they require full sun and good drainage.