Friday, September 7, 2012

Planting Marigolds For Fall Beauty

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
As summer is fading away and fall is moving in, how does your garden look?  Fall is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful times of the year and there is no reason your flower beds or containers shouldn’t reflect that.  There are many gorgeous flowering plants that flourish during the fall but today, I’m going to focus on the marigold.  Planting marigolds can help you Find beauty in the Fall


Marigolds aren’t just for summer.  Some people even call them mari-mums.  I went to www.fallplantandfeed.com to find out about fall planting projects in my region, the southeast.  I would like to add fall color to my landscape.  Marigolds are wonderful for planting during the late summer/early fall.  They come in lovely shades of yellow, orange, and reddish-orange which are ideal for autumn displays. 

{I found this lovely marigold chain wrapped around a basket on Pinterest and would like to make it from the marigolds I plant.}

Marigolds have a daisy-like or double, carnation like flower head and are produced singly or in clusters.  African marigolds are the taller, larger, cut-flower type varieties and usually come in orange, gold, and yellow.  French marigolds are the shorter, smaller flower types and they offer more color variation.  Then there are hybrid varieties such as the Zenith, which thrive in the hot, humid South. 



Whichever you choose, you really can’t go wrong.  Many nurseries will have these flowers marked down since it is the end of the summer but they will continue to grow and bloom until frost.  They need lots of sunshine but are easy to care for.  Prepare the bed by amending the soil.  Adding Miracle Grow Garden Soil for  Flowers & Vegetables will help them to thrive.  It is specially formulated for annuals, perennials, and vegetables and improves existing soil to help build strong roots.  It will also feed for up to 3 months with Miracle Grow Continuous Release Plant Food.  Space tall marigolds 2-3 feet apart and shorter ones about a foot apart.  After planting, make sure to water regularly and as the blooms fade, deadhead (pull off the dead flowerheads) to make the plants continue to bloom profusely.  Another great idea for planting marigolds is to plant them alongside your vegetables.  The scent helps to repel animals and insects and they also help repel nematodes and other pests.  You can also plant them in containers.  Just be sure to use Miracle Grow Potting Mix. It has rich organic materials which help improve drainage and flow and will feed plants for up to 6 months.
I have been inspired to plant the marigolds by our front walk after seeing how well they have done in front of our shop:

BEFORE
Computer Sign 
AFTER
After Shop

We planted them at the beginning of summer and they have been getting lots of sun and heat (here in Georgia).  I have fed them with Miracle Grow All Purpose Plant Food only a couple of times but it has sure made them grow! I am so glad that I willl be able to enjoy them for several more months! 
Growing Marigolds {Krafty Kat}
I can’t wait to get started on my flower bed at home.  I know it is going to look great! I am not a great gardener but I enjoy beautiful plants and I know Miracle Grow will help make it easier to grow healthy, vibrant plants with lots of blooms! 
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Don’t give up on your garden when the weather gets a little cooler.  Lots of people prefer Fall gardeningbecause they don’t have to suffer through exhausting heat.  You can still enjoy lots of outdoor  fun like planting trees and shrubs, planting bulbs to bloom in spring, grow fall edibles, or add some fall color with flowers!]Advertisement

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15 comments:

  1. You're right, fall is a lovely time of year...especially when you add in pretty flowers in your garden. I'm your newest follower. Thanks so much for stopping by Posed Perfection today and leaving me a sweet note about my fall mantle. I hope your fall decorating is going well. I'd love for you to visit again sometime and maybe even follow me back. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  2. I love fall, too! The light, the colors, the late summer sun: just beautiful! Marigolds fit perfect in this time of year! Liz

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  3. Your flowers are beautiful. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/simple-anti-aging-moisturizer-and.html
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  4. woow...this post makes me HAPPY :)
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  5. Beautiful!!! Fall is my favorite season. Love the colors.

    Sarah@
    www.blissfulbucketlist.com

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  6. Marigolds bring me back to my childhood. I used to spend hours pulling out the seeds and saving them, only to do nothing with them! But, it was fun :) I've had fun looking over your blog. I would love to have you come share 'Your Great Idea' over at my link party, hosted on Saturdays...but you can still submit today. Hope to see you there!http://www.oneshetwoshe.com/2012/09/hello-weekend-50-mikarose-giveaway.html

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  7. How beautiful! Thanks so much for joining our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope you have a great week! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/

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  8. Thanks for this great info! I have been wanting to add some color for the fall, and I didn't realize I could still plant marigolds. I'm pinning this. Found you at the Pinterest party at Handy Andy's. Hope you'll stop by and find something Pinworthy!

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  9. P.S. I'm your newest follower on GFC and Twitter.Love your blog.

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  10. Thanks for the tips!! I'm your newest gfc follower visiting from Savvy Southern Style!!

    - Fotini { http://glamorousbride.blogspot.com }

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  11. What a great idea for Fall! I am hosting an "It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party" .... I would like to invite you to share this project, and other Fall related projects/recipes, you may have. All links will be pinned to a board dedicated to the party. You can find the party at Love Bakes Good Cakes. Hope to see you there!

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  12. Don't you just love marigolds their a "HAPPY" flower,love the marigold garland.
    Wow the miracle grow sure put these on the go....When we see the marigolds popn' up everywhere it's kinda like the "love-bug" showing up...we can get ready for cooler weather and the leaves start "FALL'N" it's Autumn one of my favorite times in southeast Georgia.

    I'm visiting from Dixie & Dottie...and I'm new follower...come see me and follow back if ya can.

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  13. Thanks for sharing over at Craft Junkie Too -- Featuring you today! :)
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    Tracy

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  14. These marigolds are beautiful. Love them in front of your shop!

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  15. Thanks so much for stopping by to share this! I would love to have you come again today, the link party just opened up! Each week I pick two favorites to reshare on the blog, share on Facebook, pin, and follow on Pinterest. I would love to see more of 'Your Great Ideas,' and I know my readers would too. :)

    www.oneshetwoshe.com

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