The Marigolds are invaluable garden flowers for summer and autumn colour. The plants are hardy, reliable, prolific and very long flowering. Marigold is botanically known as Tagetes (tay-gee'teez) while most prefer the more common pronunciation (tag'-a-tees).
The name apparently originates from Tages, an ancient Etruscan God. Some legends say that "marigold" i.e. Mary’s Gold, was named in honour of the sacred "Golden Virgin Mary". From its Latin derivative, Marigold means "sea of gold". A well grown planting of marigolds certainly would live up to that description proudly.