Name: Elevate Orange Marigold Hybrid
Type of Plant: An annual marigold with huge, round flowers. Easy to grow from seed, and tall enough to make a statement in annual or perennial gardens.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: This plant grows 3 to 4 feet tall and has been totally sturdy and upright in my gardens. Since the flowers are so large and bright, they add good pops of color and fun to the garden. This is the perfect annual to put in with perennials so that from mid-summer into fall you have plenty of flowers even when the daylilies and other mid-summer bloomers are done.
I also love the fact that these flowers last so long when cut. They out-live the other cut flowers such as zinnias and dahlias in a bouquet. And they will even look good out of water for three or more days, so you can put them down the center of a picnic table or party arrangement and they’ll look good for hours.
A Word to the Wise: Since the flowers are so large, they will become heavy in a rainstorm. A few of my flowers bent over after a big rain, but I just cut these and brought them indoors to decorate our kitchen counter and windowsill.
I am thankful that Burpee sent me the seeds to grow these plants this past spring…the flowers that make me happy, so I will happily order seeds and grow these every year.