Scientific name: Cosmos
Higher classification: Coreopsideae
Lower classifications: Cosmos sulphureus, Cosmos bipinnatus,Cosmos caudatus, Cosmos atrosanguineus
Cosmos, another great bedding plant that is simple and easy to grow. Cosmos will do well in borders and pots alike. They will grow quite large so in borders I would suggest they are planted back from the front and used as the center piece of any pots.
Propagation is easy either in a greenhouse or on the window sill of the kitchen. They will grow quite quickly and be a few inches tall with in a few weeks of planting. Of course remember to harden off before leaving outside completely. The wind helps to harden off the stems to ensure a good strong, healthy plant. Protect from slugs and snails whilst they are small, as they are tasty as young plants. As the Cosmos get bigger they seem to be left alone.
During the long hot days in the summer they will need to be watered well and remember to dead head to prolong the flowering throughout the summer. At the end of the season I always leave a few flower heads to go to seed. This way I have the next years seeds without having to buy any.
Of course there are different varieties of Cosmos as you can see above.
Below the results of being planted into pots and in the borders. As you can see in the last 2 pictures I have placed them in the middle of the border as the Cosmos have grown large and will add a carpet of colour once they are all flowering. With a mixture of the pinks and oranges will make a great display
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.