July 24, 2017

A Fine Romance

Cosmos bipinnatus 'Double Click'

Janine Pineo Photo | Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Double Click’

With its delicate-looking foliage and a profusion of sweet double flowers, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Double Click’ is a dreamy annual for the late summer garden. ‘Double Click’ prefers full sun and can reach up to 40 inches in height. Like other C. bipinnatus cultivars, ‘Double Click’ will produce more blooms if you keep the plants deadheaded. And there’s an interesting note about the benefits of growing this type of cosmos in a clump: “When flowering, the plant can become top heavy. This problem is alleviated when grown in groups, as the bi-pinnate leaves interlock, and the colony supports itself,” according to Wikipedia. Given our experience with cosmos, we would say that is spot on. And kind of romantic, that whole interlocking thing.

Photographed at Rogers Farm, University of Maine, Stillwater.