I Love Cosmos sulphureus ‘Bright Lights’

Jul 31, 2020 | Love This!

Name:   Cosmos sulphureus ‘Bright Lights’ aka sulphur cosmos.

Type of Plant:  Summer-flowering annual for full sun.   

Why I Love/Hate this plant  It’s no secret that I love a good splash of orange in the summer garden, especially when it’s combined with blue, pink and purple. And I also appreciate a large bed of annuals planted “field style,” with several different heights of plants growing in together, much as they would in nature. No stair-step, low to high for me! So it’s no wonder that I live Bright Lights Cosmos, because it is taller than many other annuals but airy enough to co-exist with them.

I also love how easy this plant is to grow from seed. I plant them in six-packs in my seed-starting shed in late April for transplanting into my garden in late May. The bumble bees love this plant as much as I do,

A Word to the Wise:  If you live somewhere that has a warmer spring, you can direct sow these in the garden in May. It also helps to deadhead them in late-July, or just pick as a cut flower through the summer to lengthen their bloom time.

I bought my Cosmos seed from Burpee, and it’s on my must-grow list for next summer as well.

In my Annual Alley I like to mix it up. Bright Lights plays well with others.

Like many seed-grown plants, colors can vary. I have mostly solid orange plants this year but some are stripped with darker orange, while others lean toward a orange-gold.

The bumble bees love this flower too.

I planted Bright Lights with some pink gomphrena, red salvia, assorted zinnias, Blue Horizon Ageratum, and sweet potato vine.

1 Comment

  1. Nancy Beck

    I love cosmos but so does some sort of critter…they were all beheaded, repeatedly. Any suggestions?


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