Day 210: Tagetes cinnabar

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Rich red petals edged in gold surrounding a raised disc of golden anthers – had the medieval courts of France and England vied to produce a bloom encompassing all their regal splendour and majesty, I doubt they could have done better than Tagetes ‘Cinnabar’. It’s an annual I associate with the summer borders at Great Dixter, though I’m always nervous to hear people say such things about favourite plants in that garden given the refreshing, and always challenging approach of head gardener Fergus Garrett to maintain continuity by continually changing things. Which, of course, is the very best way to garden – it’s what nature does, after all.

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