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Antiquity Cosmos Seedling Plants

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The details

  • Half-hardy Annual
  • Colour: Pink
  • Height: 60cm
  • Planting Months: May to July
  • Flowering: June to November
  • Plant Spacing: 30cm
  • Foliage: finely cut
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Cosmos Antiquity

This really is a rather special variety of cosmos, in a number of ways. First, the colour. Antiquity opens a rich burgundy red, with deep plum at the base of each petal. It then fades gracefully to shades of salmon, bronze and rose, like a beautiful antique tapestry. The flowers are daisy-like and open, so a real draw for bees, butterflies and other useful garden pollinators. Like all cosmos varieties, it's a real 'do-er', flowering on and on all summer, from June right into the colder months of November, and sometimes beyond. This is always helped with judicious and timely deadheading of the flowers – the more you deadhead, the more this cosmos will flower. At 60cm, Antiquity is also smaller than a lot of the other cosmos varieties, so you won't need to stake it to keep it from flopping over in late summer. There are plenty more Cosmos to choose from here.

A garden treasure

If you've fallen for the charms of Antiquity, then the best place to plant is at the front of a sunny border, or in pots - again, in the sun. And wait a little while before you plant them out if your seedlings are mini, or you may find they fall prey to slugs and snails if they're not sturdy enough to cope with a nibble or two. Create drifts of colour by planting Antiquity in bold groups, ideally – or drift in and out with other, slightly taller varieties of Cosmos, such as Sonata White, a lovely pure white contrast to Antiquity's subtle shades. Its faded colours would tone beautifully in a big terracotta pot, underplanted with some burgundy heucheras perhaps, with dark-leaved cannas or dahlias for height.

Cosmos Antiquity in brief

  • Half-hardy Annual
  • Colour: Pink
  • Height: 60cm
  • Planting Months: April to June/July
  • Flowering: June to November
  • Plant Spacing: 30cm
  • Foliage: finely cut

A Mexican visitor

Cosmos are sometimes known as Mexican asters, as they're originally from Mexico, where they grow as perennials. They're not hardy enough for that here, so we grow them as annuals in the UK.

Planting Cosmos

Plant Cosmos Antiquity in well prepared, moist soil that ideally was enriched with a little organic matter the previous autumn. Not too much as Cosmos flower better if the soil is not overly rich. Water well after planting and for at least a week after that just to make sure they establish well.

Cosmos also grow very well in containers but remember that they can reach 100 cms in ideal conditions so we would suggest using pot sizes of at least 5 Litres and preferably a bit more. Any general purpose compost will do here.

The main requirements are that your plants have enough light and water - they grow very fast and flower hugely through summer so moisture is important. They can cope with a little shade but flower better in full sun. In general, they need an absolute minimum of 4 hours direct light a day, but 6-8 hours would be better.

Because you are buying seedlings, you can plant your cosmos into their final flowering positions immediately. Space your plants 35-50 cm apart and (in a bed) plant them in drifts of rather than singly. They will either need a 90 cms cane per plant (which should be pushed in about 30 cms deep and about 5 cm from a plant) or a support made of twine or pea/bean netting. This should be stretched between canes about 40 cms above ground level and the cosmos can then grow through it. It is not pretty at first but the plants disguise it very quickly and it is an effective solution (if you are anti-plastic, you can also make a cat's cradle of twine between canes around the outside of the planting). Just don't plant a group that is so big you can't reach the middle...

As flowers develop cut them or dead head when they are over and your cosmos will carry on flowering all summer long. A well-grown plant can quite literally produce a hundred flowers or so in a season.

To maintain flower quality and size, you can use a high potash and phosphate fertiliser every fortnight throughout summer Home-made comfrey tea is perfect or one of the specialised tomato fertilisers will do very well.