NZH The rich orange and red hues of this cosmos echo its name evoking the feel of sunset in the garden and attracting bees and other pollinators all the while. Originally from the Americas, this variety arrived in NZ with the settlers. A perennial in its native land here cosmos act as a self-seeding annual. A companion plant suited best to vegetables that hail from the Americas as well, such as tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and pumpkins. Annual, height to 90cm, frost tender.
Sow in Spring or Late Summer for continuous colour in the garden. Direct scatter sow in borders and rows, or sow into trays and prick out to 4cm diagonal spacing when true leaves appear. Transplant out to 30cm diagonal spacing in fertile soil when chance of frost has passed.