"1-2-FREE!" Bedding Plant Sale!

Right now at Hole’s Greenhouses, buy any 2 bedding plants & get the 3rd FREE! 

We have over 100 varieties of petunias in our greenhouse, as well as favourites like thunbergia, mandevilla, & sweet potato vines.

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Plus, this sale includes our edible and flower hanging baskets. Featuring Canadian colours in our flower baskets, these beautiful arrangements are the fastest way to spice up your yard, patio, or balcony!

"Why are the leaves on my tomato plant curling?" By Jim Hole

The passion that gardeners have for their tomatoes never ceases to amaze me.
This week we had over 450 people respond to our Hole’s Happenings Reader’s Choice questionnaire, and the most requested question by far was: “Why are my tomato leaves curling up?”
Well, the good news is that tomato leaf curl is not a serious problem…usually.
These are the 3 main reasons why tomato leaves curl:
First, some tomato varieties naturally have a bit of a twisting or curling growth habit. Typically, once the leaves expand, they tend to flatten and develop a more ‘planar’ growth habit.

Secondly – and most commonly – tomato leaves will often cup upwards due to an imbalance between roots and above ground growth. The cupping is referred to as physiological leaf roll, which is just a fancy term for the fact that the tomato roots cannot supply enough water to all of the leaves, stems and fruit. When tomato leaves sense a deficit of water, they respond by cupping upward to reduce exposure to sunlight which therefore reduces moisture loss.

Anytime the roots are not functioning well due to, say, restricted root space like a small pot, or if the roots are damaged, the leaves often roll. Vigorous hanging basket tomatoes are notorious for leaf roll because the ratio of leaves to roots is often large and the roots simply can’t keep up.

The good news with leaf roll is that it doesn’t cause extensive harm to the plant. And if you do your best to provide a good growing environment for your tomato plants, leaf roll can be kept to a minimum. But, keep in mind that rolled leaves won’t unfurl.

The third major cause of leaf roll is much more serious. It results from the misapplication of certain types of herbicides. The rolling of leaves from herbicide damage is different from physiological leaf roll. Herbicide damage is most prominent in the new growing points resulting in severe cupping, distortion and clumping of flowers and shoots. The source of herbicide contamination is often from misapplication of lawn herbicides or contaminated potting and garden soil mixtures. If you have herbicide damage like this the only solution is to get rid of the affected plants and soil and start over.

Every year, I receive dozens of tomato plants displaying herbicide damage. Often the herbicide damage wasn’t caused through misapplication by the owner of the tomatoes. The problem is, all too often, potting mixtures that have been blended with herbicide contaminated manure.

This is why starting with good quality potting soil is essential. Every bag of Jim Hole's Potting Soil and Sea Soil has been tested for quality-assurance.

And remember to feed your tomato plants too!

If you have a hanging basket tomato don’t forget to feed it! Of all the plants in our greenhouses, hanging basket tomatoes are the heaviest feeders. If you want to keep the feeding simple, add some Plant Prod 16-16-16 Controlled Release Fertilizer to each basket. If you prefer the liquid fertilizers weekly or even daily applications of Talk of Tomato 3-3-4 are a good choice. Find all your tomato plant needs at Hole's.

- Jim Hole

The Birds, The Bees, & The Butterflies

Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the stamen (male part of the flower) to the pistil (female part of the flower), which results in the formation of a seed.

Hybrids are created when the pollen from one kind of plant is used to pollinate and entirely different variety, resulting in a new plant altogether.

Did you know?

  • Ladybugs eat harmful pests such as aphids, mites and scale.
  • Mason bees pollinate up to 1500 blossoms per day!
  • Butterflies help gardens grow by pollinating native plants and are a sign of a healthy garden.

Here are some easy steps you can take to make your yard more pollinator-friendly:

1. Plant flowers & plants that attract pollinators!

As you may have guessed, planting plants and flowers that support pollination is a great place to start. If you’re already planting something, why not make them pollinators! Try Echinacea, Sunflowers, or Black-Eyed Susans from Hole's.

2. Plan your yard so you always have something in bloom

Do your research before planting and find out when different plants bloom. Always having at least one plant in bloom is a great way to attract pollinators AND it makes your yard look great too!


3. Plant native plants

Native plants help native species pollinate. Many plant and animal species have adapted to environmental changes together, making them a great team. Let’s help them remain a great team! Consider a Lady’s Slipper in Alberta. When bees and other insects enter the pouch of the Lady Slipper, they can only exit through the back of the flower. This forces the insect to pass through pollen, which then spreads to the next plant the insect visits. Lady Slippers are perennials, blooming in May and June. Get yours at Hole’s!


4. Pick up a Wildlife Habitat!

Your yard is already home to insects galore, so why not give bees a proper place to rest their wings? Wildlife Habitats, also called nests or houses, are a great way to attract pollinators to your family’s flower or vegetable garden.

Special Bee Hotels are places for solitary bees to make their nests. These bees live alone, not in hives. They do not make honey. Solitary bees are much less likely to sting than honeybees because they aren’t defending a hive.

Hole's carries specialty wildlife homes for ladybugs, butterflies, bees, & more!

Jim Hole's Best Advice for Damaged Trees


Edmonton’s wind storm created a lot of problems with power outages and property damage due to falling branches and toppled trees.

When trees topple or large branches break during a wind storm, it’s the storm that is blamed. But really, winds (unless they are hurricane force) are just the coup-de-grace for trees and branches that are weak or damaged. If that were not the case, the newspapers would be talking about hundreds of thousands of tree toppling rather than a few hundred.

By choosing an excellent planting site - good sun, soil and space - and keeping trees in good shape, there is little danger of large branches falling or entire trees toppling.

Proper pruning is fundamental for ensuring that weak branches are removed and strong branches retained. Everyone should have a few basic pruning tools and learn how to prune them properly.

Here are somethings you should look for in your yard this weekend, and some tips on how to deal with them.


Snapped branches? Weak branches? Uneven breaks? Hole's Greenhouses carries a wide variety of Corona tools for pruning trees. Pick up a bypass pruner for regular pruning, a handsaw for those larger branches, and a pole pruner for high up branches. But, they must be high quality. I learned from my Dad that poor quality pruning tools are a bad investment. Bad tools can’t be kept sharp, break just when you need them, and are dangerous when they don’t easily cut through branches or stems.

Remember, if you are able to prune yourself, these tools are a great investment and are cost effective when compared to the cost of hiring a professional pruning service. 

Look how easily the Corona Razor Tooth Saw cuts through a thick branch!

Pruning tree branches that are at great heights with Corona Pole Pruner


Use Tree Seal to speed up the healing process of cracks & splits. We recommendMorrison's Tree Seal available here, at Hole's.

Before using tree seal, remove all snapped, hanging branches with a Corona saw or pruner, then clean up the area. See below:


If the damage is really bad, you may need to remove the tree entirely. To remove the stump, you first need to drill holes in it and fill them with Bye-Bye Weed and apply Bye-Bye Weed to the outer bark. Once the stump is dead, you can rot the stump by applying Falling Leaf Stump Remover.


Some jobs are too big to do alone and require hiring a professional company. If you are unsure about what types of tree damage you can and cannot repair yourself, visit Hole's Greenhouses for the best advice. 

Send your damaged tree questions to questions@holesonline.com and get set up with the tools you need to get your trees back in great shape with 20% off Corona tools!

- Jim

Seeds Of Health: Unleash The Power Of 10%

A few months back I was getting my hair cut and my hair dresser was in need of a little advice. She tells me she has been struggling to lose some weight, and just wants to feel healthier overall. In her confession to me, she admitted to feeling guilty about not taking action, and also feeling like reaching her goals were so far away that it felt futile to even try. 

After hearing everything she wanted to tell me about her fitness goals, I pondered out loud to her and said, "what would happen if instead of trying to do everything at once and focusing on a far away end point you did just 10%, and focused on being just 10% better, how would that make you feel if you did just that?"

She thought about it for a moment as if someone just gave her permission to not be perfect, but still farther ahead. She responded back telling me that even 10% would be better.

So we talked a little more about what 10% really means. Here are 3 ways that we applied the 10% rule for her.

1. Bump up your steps by 10% 

My hair dresser gets about 6,000 steps a day, so if we bump it up by just 10% that's an extra 600 steps a day, doesn't seem like much but at the end of the week that's an extra 4,200 steps. If you didn't do anything extra at the end of the month that would be over 17,000 steps. Just shy of 3 extra days worth of steps. 

2. Reduce sugar intake by 10%

She admitted to loving all things sugar and carbs, and she feels she eats too much of it. So what if we trimmed the carbs on her plate by 10% each meal (we estimated 2 thumb sizes as a visual) 

3. Increase Sleep by 10%

A big part of having more energy and being healthier is quality sleep. Her average sleep lasts about 6 hours. Add 10% more and that's just an extra half hour. She felt it would be easy to get to bed 30 minutes earlier at least 5 days a week. That's an extra 10 hours of sleep in a month, almost 2 more nights worth for her. 

The other day I went to get my hair cut again. I saw my hair dresser and she greeted me with the biggest smile on her face. She was excited to tell me how great she was feeling by doing the "10%" rule and that she lost a jean size, and started a nightly walking group with her friends as a result. 

When you have a goal that seems far away, employ the 10% rule, and start making enjoyable progress to a healthier you.

What 10% things can you do? I would love to hear how you employ the power of 10%. Click here to email Robin.

Your Urban Oasis


“Gardens have an almost magical ability to transport us to another place, far away from our everyday stress and worries. You don’t have to live on a farm to experience the magic. You can carve out a vegetable patch in a tiny urban backyard. You can fill a windowbox with potting soil and create a flowerbed on your apartment balcony. You can even tend tomatoes on the 23rd floor of an office tower.” - Lois Hole, I’ll Never Marry A Farmer


Spending time in nature can be difficult when you live in the city. Start by creating an inviting outdoor space for your family and friends to enjoy! Hole’s carries a huge selection of pre-made flower planters and hanging baskets to instantly make the outdoors actually feel like the outdoors. One quick stop at Hole’s Greenhouses and you’ll be enjoying your balcony like never before! Take advantage of our FREE planter delivery from June 16 to July 10!


Straight from your plant to your plate (or cocktail!)—it doesn’t get any fresher than that! Have you ever purchased herbs from the grocery store? They’re affordable and taste great, but after a day or two, they begin to wilt and end up in the trash. Growing your own herbs saves time and money, and prevents waste. Right now at Hole’s, save 25% on Lois Hole’s Herbs & Edible Flowers book with the purchase any of our herb plants!


A breath of fresh city air—yes, it’s possible! The indoor air we breathe can be stale and unhealthy, but plants are natural air purifiers—and they look great too! Relax and breathe easy knowing your air is healthy and clean.

Where can you start? Try an easy-to-care-for indoor plant like a spider plant, ivy, or fern. Plus, from June 16 to July 10, get your indoor plant repotted for FREE with the purchase of any decorative pot!

Gifts For Every Kind of Dad

Hole's is carrying a huge selection of giftware just for Dads! Visit us before Father's Day.


Father's delight! Grab Dad one of these sneaky office executive golf putting sets that just so happens to fit in the bottom desk drawer.


Style from head to toe! Pick up a pair of shades, fashion socks, & a shoe shining kit. The Gentlemen's Buff & Shine Kit comes with 2 brushes, black and clear polish, & a cleaning cloth.


Take a bright & beautiful trip around the world. This stunning 12" globe creates an amazing display depicting the world– lit up by nighttime city lights!


This Master of All Trades multi-tool features 15 brushed, stainless steel blades & tools. Talk about a handy item to have in your back pocket!



This 5 Piece Wine Kit includes a wine key, wine stopper, drip, combo pourer and stopper, & a foil cutter.


The Hook & Line Sinker is a handy multi-tool that will do the job for any keen fisherman!


Get all the accessories Dad needs to start riding in style. Pick up a Bicycle Repair Kit, Bike Holder, Bluetooth Loop Wireless Speaker & pair of shades.

FREE Hotdogs at Hole's!

June 17 & 18, 11am-3pm

Bring Dad down to Hole's Greenhouses Father's Day Weekend, both Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3pm, for a FREE hotdog! Louisiana Grills will be firing up the BBQ and serving up hotdogs, along with other great deals. The hotdogs are FREE but we encourage a support Edmonton's Youth Empowerment & Support Services. 

PLUS, experience the wood pellet advantage with Louisiana Grills and Pit Boss Grills. From 11am-3pm Father’s Day weekend, commit to the purchase of a grill at our booth at HOLE’S and receive FREE unit assembly, FREE delivery, FREE bag of pellets and a FREE custom cover! That’s $250 in savings! Dad will definitely have a happy Father’s Day with a deal like this.

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Planning an event? Rent a patio planter!

Save money at your next event! Hole's Greenhouses rents patio planters for your wedding, anniversary or other special event.

Here's how it works:

  1. Visit Hole's Greenhouses 7 days before your event.
  2. Pick out the planters you would like. We recommend snapping a picture of the planters with your phone.
  3. Email our Information Centre at questions@holesonline.com and include contact information, rental dates, location, number of planters required, indicate pick up or delivery and include the pictures of the planters if you are able to. 
    • If you prefer, you may place your order over the phone at 780-419-6800 (9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday; excluding holidays.)
  4. Our Information Centre will respond within one business day. Weekend enquiries will be answered on Monday. 
  5. Once confirming your order, we will tag your planters and have them ready for you to pick up or for delivery!

Rental Fee: 25% of the retail price of the patio planter/per day

Delivery & Pickup Fee: $100*

*subject to additional fees depending upon special requirements such as location, delivery times, venue restrictions, site preparation, size of order, etc.

Payment Terms: patio planter retail price must be fully paid along with Delivery & Pickup Fee, should delivery and pickup be required. Upon return, 75% of the patio planter retail price is credited back to the renter. Damaged planters will not be given full credit.

Visit Hole's today, or contact our Information Centre (9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday; excluding holidays) by emailing questions@holesonline.com or by calling 780-419-6800 during specified hours.

Podcast: Growing Tomatoes

Are you wondering about growing tomatoes but couldn't make it out to one of Jim's free talks this spring? Well, you're in luck! Jim Hole has recorded a tomato podcast on the Hole's Radio Network, available here.

In episode 1 of the Hole's Radio Network, Jim Hole chats with Brad Walker—the reluctant gardener—about what everybody needs to know about growing the best tomatoes.

Play it below or download it by clicking here and When you're done checking it out, please let us know what you think (by replying in the comments below). Also, let us know if you'd like to see more podcasts or video tutorials in the future..

Garden Stage Q&A with Jim Hole

Bring all your gardening questions this Saturday & Sunday at 1:30PM to our Garden Stage for a Q&A session with Jim Hole.

Let Jim give you the best advice to get your garden growing like a pro.

There is no registration required for our Garden Stage Q&A with Jim, but this segment will follow Jim's FREE Workshop at 1PM, so be sure to register online for the workshop if you would like to attend both!

Hole's Top 10 Favourite Fruit & Vegetable Varieties

Each year at Hole's, we tweak and perfect the way we grow our crops, so that we can provide you with better choices and the best advice. Here is a list of our absolute favourite fruit & vegetable varieties, sold here, at Hole's Greenhouses.

1. Sweet 150 Tomato

A Canadian favourite, Sweet 150 Tomatoes can produce more than 150 tomatoes per season. Bursting with flavour, these cherry tomatoes are perfect for fresh eating, cooking, & even juicing. Pick up your Sweet 150 Tomato plant today to keep you snacking all season long.

2. Odyssey Apple Tree

If you don’t have an apple tree in your garden yet, what are you waiting for? Developed in Manitoba, Odyssey apples are yellow with red blush. Much like Gala apples, Odyssey apples are very sweet and great for fresh eating. These apples are ready to harvest in mid-September, and store for up to 3 months. 

3. Tumbling Tom Red & Tumbler Cherry Tomato Plants

A unique cherry tomato that is perfect for container growing. Try our Tumbling Tom Red or Tumbler Cherry tomato plants. Like the Minimato Tomato, these varieties are also determinate, meaning they are bred to grow at a compact height and don't need to be pruned. Perfect for container gardening! 

4. Scarlet Nantes Carrot

Because of their sweet and juicy qualities, Scarlet Nantes Carrots are our favourite for snacking, cooking, and topping salads. These carrots grow beautifully in cool weather and shrug-off frost with ease.

5. Cool Breeze Cucumber

Here’s a cucumber that is really different. Cool Breeze is bred to set perfect fruit without cross-pollination. No male pollen is needed, so even if bees are scarce you'll still get a great crop!

If you’re short on space, these cucumbers can also be grown on a fence or a trellis for uniform straight fruit.

6. Cylindra Beets

As its name suggests, Cylindra is a cylindrical beet. This Danish heirloom is smooth-skinned with dark purple-red flesh, and grows a dark red, elongated root.

Cylindra is a favourite in the kitchen due to it's uniform slices and ease of peeling.

Nearly two thirds of the length of the root will grow above ground, so some gardeners like to hill up soil around each plant as the root emerges. This will keep the skins of the root very tender and protect them from insects.

7. Ghost Chili Pepper

Hole's smoking hot garden favourite! Great things come in small packages. The Ghost Chili Pepper is considered one of the world's hottest peppers, measuring between 850,000 and 1 million Scoville units on the heat scale. When ripe, it turns a fiery red!

8. Goliath Tomato

Just as the name suggest, this plant produces enormous beefsteak tomatoes. With tomatoes this big, be sure to provide a cage for support. Great looking plant as well, with high yields—up to 70 tomatoes from a single plant! Great for sandwiches and burgers... if you can find a bun big enough.

9. Bodacious Sweet Corn

The trifecta of corn varieties: great for fresh eating, freezing and canning. High quality sweet corn that has large, mouth-watering kernels. A popular market variety that shows tolerance to common rust and tolerates cold weather conditions better than other varieties.

10. Green Arrow Peas

The best thing about this variety is the pea-pod length. These extra long pods mean a generous yield of sweet, tender peas. Each pod will contain between 9 and 11 peas! Happy picking.

Visit Hole's Greenhouses today for better choices, and the best advice.

20% Off Corona Tools!

A Corona tool in the shed is an investment in years of reliable performance. A Corona tool in hand is the means to forge a truly proud outdoor space.

Visit Hole's Greenhouses & receive 20% off all Corona tools. While supplies last. Get yours today!

PLUS, everyone who purchases a Corona tool is eligible to enter our draw for a $100 Hole's Greenhouses gift card! 


Hole's Houseplant Of The Week!

Browse Hole's wide selection of indoor & tropical plants today!


Bird of Paradise

Boasting large, paddle-shaped leaves that emerge right from the soil, this plant has the potential to reach great heights—up to 7ft tall!

With time, your Bird of Paradise plant may produce exotic, colourful flowers, resembling a bird. This may take 4 or 5 years and is less common indoors.

But don't worry about the flowers! Even without flowers, this plant fills an indoor space beautifully, and is known as one of the best large indoor plants.



This unusual plant, has narrow, cylindrical leaves that emerge from a bulbous base and curl into springs and coils! Flowers are pendant, yellow-green, and smell of green olives.

Grow on a sunny windowsill in a well-drained medium, and allow soil to dry out between waterings. Reduce watering in winter.

Red-Edged Dracaena

There are many Dracaena plants. This distinctive version is distinguished by the purple-red edges on its ribbon-like green leaves. This plant grows slowly, but is capable of reaching heights of 8-15ft.

Dracaenas grow best in bright, indirect light. Although this plant can tolerate a wide range of conditions, it will grow best in a well lit, warm, humid space - like the kitchen!

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Don't let this tropical plant fool you... it is a tough plant that adapts easily to its environment. This houseplant grows quickly and can grow up to 6 feet tall! Maintenance is minimal - pruning and watering are simple, just keep your Fiddle Leaf Fig in bright, indirect light and you will be the owner of a happy plant. 





Spider Plant

This week's feature is the Chlorophytum comosum, also known as the Spider Plant. These plants rarely present problems and are very adaptable, making them great for new gardeners or anyone looking for some low maintenance greenery. These plants are also fantastic air cleaners! Put one in your child's bedroom, bathroom, or any room that could stand to be freshened up. 

With light watering and indirect sunlight, your spider plant will produce flowers, which dangle from the mother plant. These flowers will eventually develop into babies or “spiderettes,” creating a spider-web-like appearance, hence the name!

The best way to grow “spiderettes” into their own plant is to allow them to remain attached to the mother plant and plant in soil in a neighbouring pot. Once the “spiderette” has rooted in its own pot you are free to cut it away from the mother plant.

Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is a resilient household plant with amazing air cleaning capabilities, so much so, that it has secured a spot on NASA’s list of “Top 10 Household Air Cleaning Plants.” Peace Lilies clean all 5 of the most common household toxins in the air!

Dubbed a “Reminder Plant”, Peace Lilies let you know when they require water by sagging slightly. This visual queue not only makes them easy to care for, but can also be used as a reminder for other tasks. It is this “reminding” quality that makes them a great plant for students or that forgetful friend of yours.

Be aware that the leaves are poisonous for both humans and animals, so keep them away from children and pets.

Fig Tree

This week's Hole's Houseplant is none other than the Fig Tree! Fig Trees are the classic indoor plants and come in several different varieties including Weeping, Bonsai, Saber Leaf, Fiddle Leaf, Variegated, and Braided—to name a few!

Fig Trees come in sizes both big and small and can tolerate a fairly wide range of light conditions—from full-light to filtered-light. They need a bit of time to adjust to a new room; however, once they become adjusted to a space, they are able to reach equilibrium and thrive.

Aloe Vera

As an easy to care for plant, with natural health properties, Aloe Vera has become an incredibly popular houseplant.

Aloe Vera likes dry soil, so I recommend using cactus potting soil mix. Give your Aloe Vera a bit of space, because the mother plant will offset the “babies” from the outer base. One of the most common issues new plant owners run into when trying to care for Aloe Vera is that they overwater the plant.

To harvest leaves from your Aloe Vera, start by selecting mature leaves from the outermost section of the plant. Cut them from as close to the base as possible, but be mindful not to disturb the roots.


Pothos is a great home air purifier. It is a long, leafy vine that can reach 40 ft in tropical jungles, but typically taper off at about 6-10 ft when grown in containers.
Although it is a vine, Pothos does not cling or climb surfaces. However, it can be gently twined around hooks or trellises to give a clinging appearance and create bold home décor.
Pothos are arguably the best indoor plant for busy environments like offices or dorms, where they may be overlooked from time to time. Although not recommended - they do have a reputation for tolerating poor light conditions and erratic watering! Keep your Pothos healthy and strong by placing in bright indirect light and watering when the soil has dried.

Mom's Favourite Plant, By Jim Hole

When I think back to Mom and her Mother’s Day ritual, it revolved around ensuring that things went smoothly both in the greenhouses and in the vegetable field.

There really was precious little time for her to relax on Mother’s Day, and even if you were to suggest that she should take it easy on her special day, she couldn’t imagine not being out and about and chatting with customers in our greenhouses.

One question I still get asked regularly is, “What was your Mom’s favourite plant?” It seems like a pretty simple question, but she, like so many avid plant people, didn’t really have a favourite plant.

I did learn a lot about the plants that were dear to her when we walked around the greenhouses and fields. What she loved more than anything on these walkabouts was to graze on fruits and vegetables. She would grab a handful of raspberries, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, Nanking cherries and Saskatoons–among others–and pop them in her mouth. Peas and string beans were other favourites, along with some crunchy cucumbers.

Mom grew up in Buchanan, Saskatchewan and grazing was something that she did frequently in her parent’s garden–it was in her blood!  She also kept cherry tomatoes in containers on her patio so that she could grab a handful anytime she had a craving for some sweet, juicy fruit.

When it came to flowers, she always planted a wide variety of bedding plants because she loved the masses of gorgeous flowers throughout the year. She also planted several rows of gladiolus corms because she loved to use the flower spikes in vases. During the summer, she always had massive displays of ‘glads’ in her living room and kitchen.

Now, while Mom would say that she didn’t have a favourite flower, if you really tried hard, and told Mom to pick just one flower that was special to her, she would always say it was the marigold.

That answer caught a lot of people by surprise because while marigolds are handsome flowers, they aren’t spectacular. Mom chose the marigold because it was the first bedding plant that launched Mom and Dad into their greenhouse business. 


Today, whenever I am in the greenhouses and see the flats of marigolds growing in our greenhouses, I always think of Mom. For me, it’s as much symbolic as it is beautiful.


- Jim Hole

This year, Hole's Greenhouses is carrying the Chica Orange Marigold. Treat your gardens or commercial landscapes to colour all season long. Superior uniformity, early-to-flower, with excellent performance.