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Cosmos add color and movement to flower gardens

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Cosmos are easy-to-grow annuals that can be direct sown in the soil in early spring. These tough annuals thrive in nearly any soil and tolerate drought once they are established. Their daisy-like petals attracts bees and butterflies adding both color and movement in the garden. They range in color from pure white to deep red with many varieties in between.

Light: Plant cosmos in full sun in northern areas, but provide them with some afternoon shade in southern gardens.

Water: Cosmos prefer and inch or two or rain a week, but will withstand drought conditions. Water them deeply once or twice a week to moisten the soil to the root level.

Soil: Cosmos tolerate nearly any soil and will thrive in sandy soil. They do not require fertilizing.

Care: Deadhead the blooms regularly to encourage new blooms.

Pink Cosmos
Pink Cosmos PARSHOTAM LAL TANDON / Flickr

Pink Cosmos

Cosmos in shades of pink can be planted alone to create the illusion of wildflowers growing in the meadow, along fences or as borders around your garden. These delicate shades of pink are both soothing and beautiful.

Variegated Cosmos
Variegated Cosmos Pauline Rosengberg / Flickr

Variegated Cosmos

This cosmos is edged with deep pink/purple which highlights the delicate pink petals. Add this cosmos to flower beds to add texture and color or to attract butterflies and bees.

Red Cosmos
Red Cosmos PARSHOTAM LAL TANDON / Flickr

Red Cosmos

Red cosmos are the perfect flower to brighten up dull flowerbeds. Pair them with yellow to add sizzle to your garden. Try planting them along a fence or at the back of flower beds to add both movement and color.

Choco Mocha
Choco Mocha Burpee Seed/ Fair Use

Choco Mocha

This cosmos is nearly brown with its deep red tones. For an attention-getting this flower fits the bill. Try in in containers on the deck or along walkways for a burst of color that is sure to have your neighbors asking where you got them.

Purple Cosmos
Purple Cosmos PARSHOTAM LAL TANDON / Flickr

Purple Cosmos

This cosmos is a soft purple or lavender and enhances any flower garden. If you are tired of traditional pink, give this one a try. Pair with orange or yellow to make the colors pop.

White Cosmos
White Cosmos John / Flickr

White Cosmos

White cosmos resemble daisies swaying in the breeze. Add these pure white flowers to moon gardens or as they shimmer under the light of the moon. Pair with bold colors for a striking contrast in flower beds.

Bright Lights Cosmos
Bright Lights Cosmos PARSHOTAM LAL TANDON / Flickr

Bright Lights Cosmos

These cosmos are a fiery orange that sets the landscape ablaze when in full bloom and are especially attractive in the fall when many other flowers have faded.

Pink Variegated Cosmos
Pink Variegated Cosmos Margrit / Flickr

Pink Variegated Cosmos

This delicate pink variegated cosmos makes the perfect background for fairy gardens or surrounding a seating area. Think quiet evenings with these beauties swaying in the breeze.

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