For years, I've put marigolds in my gardens to repel bad bugs. This was something my grandmother always told me to do. But in reading about companion planting, it seems that you need the stinky ones. Last year I went to nearly every nursery in town, sniffing marigolds and none of them had a smell. I guess they've bred out the stink.
So, I guess I'm going to order heirloom marigold seeds from Heirloom seeds and wondering if anyone here knows which is smellier (and better for bugs): French or African?
I'm afraid to order seeds from any place that doesn't specialize in heirlooms because they may be odorless hybrids.
Thanks for any info you can give!