Garden cosmos (Cyperus rotundus) is a large plant which is native to Mexico and also called Mexican bronze. It’s a very popular ornamental garden plant, very good here in Croatia, and attracts many birds and insects that pollinate it and its surroundings. It comes in a variety of colors, ranging from bright yellow, orange, purple, red, pink and green. It also has dark green foliage. The flowers come in a wide variety of colors, ranging from white, purple and red to blue and black.
The flowers are tall and bushy. They need full sunlight to thrive, although it will grow just as well in low light. Garden cosmos is an ideal plant for flower gardening, because it grows well in different soils and is tolerant of low fertility. This means you can easily grow it in a variety of areas – it doesn’t matter if your garden is small or large. To keep your garden healthy, make sure you fertilize it regularly.
It’s easy to make your own Garden cosmos. If you want to start with a border, simply pick up some cut flowers, for example, yellow or red gladioli, then pinch them between your fingers so they don’t get lost. Pinch the stems just below the base of the flower, leaving a long, even cut along the stem above. You can then add soil, compost, and plant your seeds.
When you plant your garden cosmos, be aware of its vulnerability to cold and the first frost. Once the flowers come out of their dormancy, the plant may still be vulnerable to cold weather. It’s best to plant it in a protected place during the cold months, where it will be protected from frosts. If you live in an area that has a regular winter climate, that might be the best time to plant it.
The Garden cosmos’ leaves and flower heads are not very fertile, so you need to fertilize it accordingly. If you have access to healthy compost, that’s fine – just make sure it contains all the right nutrients. A good mix of ingredients for fertilizer is equal parts peat moss, perlite, bark dust or tree pruning to make a solid, medium-coarse compost. You’ll want to add some lime perlite to the mixture if you’re growing pink flowering bulbs, since pink flowers require more lime in the soil to thrive.
Another great thing about using garden cosmos for flower gardens is that you can grow all kinds of flowers. Most of them are perennial and bloom for a few years, before going into a state of dormancy. You can choose from many different themes – African violet, purple morning glories, black and white delphiniums, purple and black sunflowers. In addition, you can choose from conifers such as Japanese pagoda, yosen kyou, or hibiscus. All of these are easy to grow and will attract many different kinds of birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. In fact, you can even grow cosmos as a houseplant!
The garden cosmos is so easy to care for that it is considered an “easy” plant to grow anywhere. Since it’s perennial, you simply change the pot each year. This is a great way to introduce something new into your garden, without having to do any “farming” of the plant. Just buy a few pots – plant one, water it well, and then plant another. You can even use your garden soil with this plant because it is highly absorbent and can soak up ten to fifteen times its own weight in water.
If you love flowers, you will definitely want to plant these in your yard. It will add color and vibrancy to the area as well as a range of fragrances. As you can see, the garden cosmos is not only a lovely plant to have in your flower garden, but also a fun landscaping item to add to your home or office. You just have to decide what plants you would like to grow.