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Year of the Marigold – Fireball

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French Marigold Fireball F1. Picture; Johnsons
French Marigold Fireball F1. Picture; Johnsons

Multi-coloured flowers on the same plant

It’s the Year of the Marigold* and the best thing we can all do is not use them traditionally in lines with alyssum and lobelia as boring bedding!

Thankfully, there has been a lot of new introductions during the past couple of years, which look great packed into random containers in tropical-style settings – and don’t forget planting them next to tomatoes to ward off whitefly.

New French Marigold Fireball F1 from Johnsons is compact, with multi-coloured and crested blooms on the same plant. It’s ideal for containers and adding zingy colour to small gardens, patios and urban environments, Mexican-style.

Sow French Marigolds now

It’s a half-hardy annual which can be sown from now until April or direct sown outdoors in April/May. The flowers appear from June to October.

Fireball F1 is available from selected garden retailers and online at www.johnsons-seeds.com (RRP £2.75 – enough seeds for 35 plants).

*A flower and veg of the year are chosen by Fleuroselect, the international organisation for the ornamental plants industry – it’s also the Year of the Pepper.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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