Marigolds are easy-to-grow hardy annuals, that produce bright orange daisy-like flowers throughout the summer. In cooking, the vibrant petals can be used to colour rice dishes, stews and casseroles without affecting the flavour and the vibrant edible flowers look fantastic when added whole to salads, adding a mild peppery heat.
It's no surprise that Marigolds are a favourite to butterflies, bees, ladybugs and other beneficial insects. But Marigolds can also be used to repel whiteflies and help to keep aphids at bay, making them a perfect companion plant for tomatoes and more.
Genus: Calendula officinalis
Aspect: Full Sun/Part shade
Height: 0.2 - 0.5 metres
Spread: 0.2 - 0.5 metres