Figuring out how to plant flowers in your landscape can sometimes be easier on paper. Do you want to incorporate marigolds into your yard but don't know where to start? Should marigolds be close together or far apart? Do they need lots of sun, or is the shade better?
We will answer all of these questions and others throughout this post!
Whether your garden is big or small, planting marigolds can be a great addition to any space. Not only are these bright yellow, orange, and red flowers beautiful to witness, but they're also great for many things.
Marigolds can protect crops from unwanted pests, making them a great barrier species. Planting them in rows or creating a fortress around fruits or vegetables is one idea we recommend. Regardless, you will be glad you grew them in your landscape!
As we start, we will cover all things marigolds and show you our top landscaping ideas. Without further ado, let's dive right into this topic below!
1. Protection For Your Veggies
Our first idea for planting marigolds would be to have them surrounding your crops. As we said, marigolds can fend off pests and keep your vegetables safe, making them a perfect barrier plant.
Here, the marigolds are in rows, directly next to each line of cabbage. Not only is this an effective way to keep mosquitoes, nematodes like cabbage worms, and other annoying critters away, but it's also visually stunning.
Just because marigolds serve a purpose in your landscape doesn't mean they can't still shine. These are orange-colored varieties, but you can also find red and yellow ones.
2. Mixed Flowers In A Wood Container
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Our next marigold idea for your landscaping is to create a colorful, fall-inspired display. Generally, planting flowers in a raised bed or planted can be helpful, as this protects them from any creatures below.
Additionally, creating a rustic-looking planter for your marigolds/flowers can create structure in your landscape and add a bit of variety.
Sometimes, the best way to make a garden feel aesthetically pleasing is to move upwards! Again, you don't have to build your planter from scratch, as many stores sell options like this.
3. Striking Concrete Planters
Third, we have a breathtaking idea for your marigolds, including other bright purple flowers. Generally, marigolds work well with different vivid colors, whether it's flowers, pots, or garden decor.
Therefore, adding them to a concrete planter with bright purple flowers is perfect.
The red marigolds in the middle complement the orange rows and make this space feel well-designed. Even if you don't have this much room, you can still create rows with your marigolds to give them a bit of structure.
When in doubt, add more color!
4. Bordering A Flower Garden
Next up, we have the perfect idea for flower lovers. You can do the same for your vegetable garden by adding marigolds as a border for your other flowering plants.
As we mentioned, marigolds do repel certain bugs, which can wreak havoc on your landscape. Therefore, it can be helpful to create a barrier with this species, even if it's just for your other flowers.
Regardless of species, marigolds usually live harmoniously with other flowers and plants, so you shouldn't worry about aggressive behavior.
5. Letting Them Grow Free
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Another way to incorporate marigolds into a landscape is by letting them grow wild. In this garden, you can see how the marigolds are out in the open, growing tall and looking a bit wild.
When we plant flowers, we typically spend their entire life manicuring them. Although that can be nice, letting your plants grow freely without too much additional trimming/training can be a good thing.
On top of that, marigolds don't like pruning, so leaving them alone can be great long-term. Even if your flowers are annuals, it's still nice to see them reach their full, untamed potential.
6. Utilizing A Spare Fountain
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Coming in at number six, we have this breathtaking marigold landscape concept. Besides looking like it belongs in a botanical garden, this marigold display is an excellent example of repurposing something old and making it look brand new.
Therefore, if you have an old, empty fountain and want to bring it back to life: grab some marigolds!
Here, you can see how the top layer features red Celosia, while the lower portion has bright yellow marigolds. One major benefit of these flowers is that they're extremely colorful, making them great for gardens needing some.
7. Creating A Butterfly Hangout
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Next, we have an idea for anyone wanting to attract butterflies. An interesting fact about this species is that although its smell repels many creatures, it can attract butterflies.
Therefore, creating a protected, butterfly-friendly space in your landscaping is a great idea. On top of that, in this garden, the marigolds also work to protect the vine tomatoes, which are growing right behind.
Butterflies love having a spot to rest, drink, and pollinate, so try to do this in a raised bed or planter. The more secluded, the better!
8. Creating A Walkway For Your Home
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Our final idea for marigold landscaping is to create a walkway for your home's front or back door. Generally, we see marigolds in the backyard, protecting crops, but that's not their only usage.
As we mentioned, this species works nicely for decorative purposes and gets along with virtually all flowering species. Therefore, you can line the entrance of your home with marigolds and other gorgeous flowers to make it feel magical.
There's nothing better than the smell of fragrant flowers as you enter a home. This becomes even easier if you already have a sidewalk or patio, so you won't need much prep.
Where Should You Plant Marigolds?
Now that you have some inspiration, it's essential to plant your marigolds in the correct location. Generally, this flowering species does best in full sun.
However, if you're somewhere with extreme heat in the summer, your marigolds could benefit from partial or dappled shade. Even if a plant loves sunlight, it can still become burned with too much.
In addition, your plants will need fertile, well-draining soil, so make sure to use a high-quality mix. Marigolds are generally low maintenance, but they can develop issues if their conditions aren't right.
Many experts recommend growing smaller marigold varieties as edging plants for borders, while larger ones can go out into open land. You can also grow small and large marigolds in pots as long as they have drainage and good soil.
What Month Is Best To Plant Marigolds?
You usually want to plant marigolds in the spring or early summertime. Since this species tends to be annual, you only have a limited time to get one into the ground and growing before the winter.
Specifically, French and signet marigolds can be planted during the early spring to mid-summer. In contrast, if you have an African marigold, you want to get it into the soil immediately in the spring.
That's because African marigolds take longer to grow and produce flowers. Again, time is of the essence with this flowering species.
With that said, if you're somewhere warm throughout the year, you might be able to see your marigold continue growing well past the fall or winter seasons.
Climate is one of the leading causes of marigold dormancy and death, so the colder it is, the less likely your marigold will survive.
How Many Hours Of Sunlight Do Marigolds Need?
If you want to plant marigolds somewhere, they'll get at least six hours of direct sun daily. As we said, this species typically prefers full sun, so not having enough exposure can be a problem.
Since this flowering species respond best to plenty of sunshine and warm weather, planting it in an overly shaded spot can lead to health issues.
Specifically, marigolds with too much shade might have trouble maturing. Alongside that, your plant might even stop flowering or fail to produce any blooms once it's old enough.
Even if your garden has trees or other structures nearby, there are likely a few spots a marigold can thrive. If not, you can always line your flowers up along the entrance of your house, where there's destined to be more exposure.
Do Marigolds Grow Better In Tropical Conditions?
In general, marigolds will grow better in warm year-round climates. Although they don't technically need to be in the tropics, subtropical conditions can make for great long-term plant health.
As we said, your marigolds will prefer plenty of sunshine. However, they also like being in places with frequent rain, which can cool them off during excess heat.
Oddly enough, marigolds also thrive in the desert. So, this could be a perfect choice for your landscaping if you're in Arizona or Nevada.
As long as you supply your marigolds with enough water, they will survive extreme heat. In contrast, if you're somewhere more moderate, you can cut back on the water and try to give your flowers as much sun as possible (6-8 hours daily).
Whether you have marigolds in your garden or want to purchase some, it's essential to make a plan. We found that you can use marigolds for your planters, vegetable or fruit gardens, as butterfly attractors, and even to repurpose an old fountain.
This species is beautiful, repels harmful insects, and can make the perfect entryway to your home. In general, marigolds will be bright red, yellow, or orange, so don't be afraid to mix other vivid hues with them. Like our example, you can create raised flower beds or utilize wooden crate containers.
Give your flowers plenty of sun, fertile ground, and enough drainage. Good luck, and have fun gardening!
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