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.