Sunday, August 30, 2009


Every year I plant a row of marigold along the ends of most of the garden beds. They are supposed to be good for bug repellent and as a pollen source for beneficial insects but I also just love how pretty they are. My favorites for this are tall French marigolds. These aren't commonly available but Nichols Garden Nursery has several varieties.

One of my favorites is Frances Hoffman's Choice. These grow up to 40" tall and are great in bouquets as well as garden decoration. Bred by plant breeder Alan Kapuler they were named after plantswoman Frances Hoffman who said they were her favorite. Mine, too.


  1. I remember when we all used to plant a single marigold in a little seed pot at school, then place them on the windowsills next to our desks to watch them sprout, grow, and flower. I've never heard of such tall ones, though!

  2. I've only been to your neck of the woods once, several years back, but it didn't take long to figure out why it's called the Great Northwest!