When it comes to annuals, gardeners can get a little, well, snooty. Some disdain any plant that’s not a perennial. But the fact is, annuals provide some of the best non-stop color in a garden. Sure, they only last one season, but they bloom more than any perennial ever could.

This is what my friend Kathy came up with when I challenged her last year. Sweet. I tried something with a purple planter, thinking the color-play would be really cool. Honestly, it wasn’t even good enough for a photo.

When it comes to annuals, gardeners can get a little snooty. Some disdain any plant that’s not a perennial. But, the fact is that annuals provide some of the best nonstop color in a garden. Sure, they only last one season, but they bloom more than any perennial ever could.

Perhaps the annual that receives the most disrespect is the marigold. I know it’s common and the foliage is a little stinky. But marigolds sure do bloom reliably and they’re rarely bothered by pests. And some of us like that smell.

How about a challenge? A few folks here at Gardener’s Supply are going to design some awesome planters with marigolds. We’ll post photos of what we plant. What would you do? Tell us your ideas for marigolds: in pots, planters, windowboxes, flower beds — wherever. Let’s get creative and see what happens. Share your ideas in the Comments, then show us the results on Facebook!

You have been challenged!

David Grist
Gardener’s Supply