And it's surrounded by French marigolds
, so it looks even bigger.
are perhaps the most useful and prolific repellent against insects.
No to Dralon instead of velvet, no to horrid French marigolds
instead of the original English variety and no to fake flowers instead of the real thing.
1 Plant French marigolds
nearby, which should keep whitefly at bay.
The less attractive French marigolds
(Tagates) see off various aphids and cabbage white butterflies.
Dwarf bush tomatoes, for instance, will tumble wonderfully from pots - and if you plant them with French marigolds
, will help deter whitefly.
The low-growing Nugget or French marigolds
, as well as the medium-size Inca and tallest Lady or African marigolds, do best when planted either before or after our long spell of hot weather.
Those marigolds you grow for their flowers -- large, solid-color pompoms in the case of the African marigolds (Tagetes erecta), and smaller, sometimes multicolored single or double flowers in the case of the French marigolds
Half-hardy annuals also flower and die in the same year but are subject to frost damage, so are normally sown direct in the soil a little later during April and May These include French marigolds
, nemesia and some forms of godetia.
There are some lovely old-fashioned single French marigolds
to try as well and all these will feed the bees and give us plenty of surplus for vases indoors.
help to deter whitefly in the greenhouse.
And French marigolds
, have some of the best hues around - despite the scorn some pundits heap upon their double heads.