Marigolds (Tagetes)

These perky yellow or orange flowers really light up a garden bed. The plant's distinctive (should we say strong?) odor also keeps pests away. Marigolds are great as cut flowers, too. 'Moonsong Deep Orange,' a hybrid that was named an All-America Selection winner for 2010, has frilly, densely packed flowers. But many other marigolds look more like daisies, with just a row or two of petals around a dark center.

Requires full sun; regular water. Grows as an annual in all zones.
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