Marigolds are often overlooked but these brilliant blooms are not to be underestimated. These multifaceted flowers may benefit your garden space more than you realize. Let’s look at all the ways marigolds will make your life a little brighter!

First off, marigolds have vibrant blooms displaying warm summer tones of red, orange, and yellow. Each plant will produce several blooms if properly placed in an area with tons of sunshine. And the best part is, marigolds require very little care. They are tolerant of drought, heat, and most pests.

Typically, marigolds will survive on rainwater alone and may only need watering during extreme dry periods. Besides being beautiful, these fierce blossoms also deter harmful garden pests. Plant marigolds in the garden to ward off Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, thrips, tomato horn worms, and white flies. These predators can’t tolerate the strong fragrance of the flower and will stay clear. Pair marigolds with tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, basil, peppers, and potatoes for best results.

Just be sure to keep away from legumes. Also, cultivate marigolds into the soil when the plants begin to fade in the fall to prevent any unexpected nematode invasion!

Strategically place marigolds around your backyard or porch where people are likely to hangout. While adding an extra pop of color to your beds, these practical plants also scare off pesky mosquitos! Mosquitoes avoid the pungent fragrance of the flower similar to the effect of citronella. So plant them anywhere you like as a filler, garden border, or in garden pots. This magical flower is sure to delight while putting in a full days work by protecting your garden and your guests. And if that weren’t enough, marigolds are edible. Don’t be shy to sprinkle some petal on if you desire a sexy splash of color to your salad or steep the petals in hot water to make tea that will aid digestion and cure stomach cramps. These brilliant babes have got your back! So, go on, add a little extra sunshine to your garden.

And as always, if you need some help, don’t be afraid to ask! Happy planting!