What’s In Bloom:Cosmos

Today I am sharing pictures of a plant that I started from seed sown directly into the soil. I am so very proud of it’s progress since this is only my second year working on my flower beds. This particular plant has grown to over five feet tall. Wow. That’s as tall as me.

I never thought that I could enjoy flowers that grew to be eye level, but I love it. This is what I see when walking along the side of my home. This is in a flowerbed that I started this year. This bed is still a work in progress.

These flowers a so big and beautiful. I ‘ve read that Cosmos are annuals that will drop seed and spring up again next year. I’ve also learned that I can cut off the spent (gardeners jargon for dried) flower heads. After allowing them to dry for a few days I can then collect the seeds.

So these are annuals that possibly have perennial characteristics. I would love to grow them again. Cosmos are great flower to for any beginning gardener to grow. They grow in just about any soil and they love the sun. Cosmos don’t need a lot of water and they offer a thrifty way to increase your landscaping dollars since they re-seed.

Well that’s my show and tell for this week. Stop by Kelli‘s for more wonderful Show and Tell Friday posts.


  1. Karla @ Ramblin' Roads says

    Now that is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    We bought a “new” house this spring, so I have been very interested to see what has come up in the yard and flower beds. There was one “mystery” plant that just kept getting taller and taller. We just couldn’t figure out what it was, but I wouldn’t let my husband cut it down! It started blooming this week… and turns out it’s a hollyhock! I can’t believe I didn’t recognize it before!


  2. Mam says

    First of all, your blog looks gorgeous. Cosmos are great plants. By all means save the seeds to plant next year. Depending on your climate, some should re-seed themselves. Cosmos are also great companion crops because they attract beneficial insects like lacewings. Congratulations on your green thumb.


  3. Love Bears All Things says

    These are great flowers. Thank you for the information, also. I might try planting some. I like things that reseed themselves. Vincas(Perriwinkle) do also. I plant those every year in pots. Once I had some in a border. They remind me of impatiens but don’t mind the sum.
    Mama Bear


  4. Jessica says

    I was glad to see your Cosmos – I was just telling my husband the other day that I haven’t seen very much of it around this year. I usually have a clump or two but when I went to the nursery this spring, I didn’t see any to buy.

    Thanks for sharing.


  5. Zoey says

    Your cosmos are beautiful.

    I just planted a few cosmos seeds two weeks ago. I found a pack that I got from some magazine subscription. I hope mine don’t grow quite as tall as yours because I have them in containers on the deck.

    If they ever bloom, I will post pictures. They are just coming up from the soil now.


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