Plants Which WON'T Bring You WORK
There are plants which look beautiful,
and plants which cause work--or else they won't
look beautiful. The second kind--the kind which need pruning,
or a lot of spading, or much (if any) spraying, or spread
all over where you don't want them like weeds--they need
no further mention.
Now, for the plants which won't
cause you work!
Marigolds, that beautiful annual native to South America,
come in many colors. In addition to the too common yellow
and orange, there are many bicolored formations of maroon
and yellow and maroon and orange. This maroon color is
usually referred to as "red", but it certainly is not Geranium
Red like some places would have you believe.
The great thing about marigolds, other that their beauty
(Yes, they are my favorite
flower!) is their ability
to maintain their shape without messing with them. Just
keep the weeds out and you're fine.
Occassionally, you will need to remove the dead blooms.
There's NO NEED to get obsessive about it. A few blooms
going to seed won't even be noticed since the new blooms
will come out higher on the plant and cover them up. One
pretty good removal around the fall should keep them going
'till frost. You may want to do it a couple of weeks after
planting nursery-bought plants, too, since those plants
won't be established enough to put out the amount of blooms
needed to hide spent ones yet.
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