By Alexa Erickson
Beautifully bright marigolds are low-maintenance annuals that deserve a place in every garden. They sprout quickly, reliably bloom within two months, last all summer and into fall, and have very little disease and insect issues. For these reasons, marigolds make for a colorful and satisfying addition to the yard that both gardening newbies and aficionados can appreciate. Plus, even though they’re technically annual flowers, it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll come back and bloom year after year without you having to lift a finger. Dig into this breezy how-to guide to grow the cheerful flowers yourself.