Marigolds’ sunset colors and hardiness make them favorites of mine. Blooms last through intense summer heat and through fall until a hard freeze. In California, marigolds are winter flowers. If you like regular marigolds, you’ll adore the eye-popping giant Colossus French marigolds that grow as high as two feet. Their yellow and orange flowers rante from three to five inches in diameter, the size of a fist! Growing them is easy, and you can get free seeds if you send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Marigolds Across America, P.O. Box 504, Cortland, NY 13045. The seeds will be available while supplies last. Plant them in the sun. Marigolds prefer well-drained soil that gets around six hours of sunlight per day. Encourage more flowers by dead-heading spent flowers and spreading seeds around. Know that when you spread seeds, the flowers will revert back to native types. Fertilize every month. Because marigolds’ scent repels many garden pests, they make good neighbors in a vegetable garden.