Adorable Cosmos Garden Plants
Cosmos plants (Cosmos bipinnatus) are an essential for many summer gardens, reaching varying heights and in many colors, adding frilly texture to the flower bed. The flowering plants are native to Mexico, and prefer warm, sunny growing spots inUSDA zones three though 10. When planted in an area they like, cosmos will flourish, sometimes growing to immense heights. Their bright color and easy care make them an excellent choice for a lively summer garden. Cosmos are also insect resistant, and the plants are rarely infested by slugs, beetles, and other unwanted garden visitors. The plants are in the family Asteraceae, the asters, along with daisies and many other boldly colored flowering plants. Two species within the cosmos genus are widely cultivated:Cosmos sulphureus and C. bipinnatus. Another cultivar, C. atrosanguineus, is more rare but has beautiful dark flowers which can look quite striking. All cosmos prefer an area in the garden which is as sunny as possible, with fertile well drained soil and minimal watering.
Many gardeners grow cosmos plants from seed, covering the seeds in a light layer of soil and watering them well until they germinate. Cosmos can also be planted in seedling form, and many garden supply stores sell cosmos plants in flats for gardeners to transplant. As the plants start to grow, they should be thinned out so that the plants have room to thrive. Once the flowers start to droop and wilt, they can be trimmed off to stimulate the cosmos plant into generating more blooms. In warm regions, cosmos will bloom in May through November, before dying off in the cooler winter weather.