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Zinnias are one of the easiest annuals to grow, grow quickly, and bloom heavily. They make a massive burst of colour in your garden.
Zinnias have bright, solitary, daisy-like flower heads on a single, erect stem. The most common zinnia is "dahlia-flowered" and grows up to three feet. Other types are "cactus-flowered."
Use in an annual or mixed border. Smaller zinnias are suitable for edging, window boxes or other containers. The narrow-leaf zinnia also works well in hanging baskets.
Sun exposure: Full Sun
Soil type: Any, Sandy, Loamy
Easy to grow and reliable, zinnias are bright butterfly magnets that have a long history as favourite flowers of American home gardeners. Indeed, we tend to take these popular flowers for granted, perhaps thinking them too ordinary, stiff or garish or simply not very exciting.
I think that once more gardeners are familiar with the diversity of zinnia flower forms, petal shapes, plant heights and the allure of the rainbow colour palette now available, they will share my new excitement about these familiar garden companions.
Zinnias generally take 60 to 70 days from seed to flower (though it depends on conditions).
Zinnias are certainly among the easiest flowers for anyone, whether just beginning or experienced in gardening, to germinate and grow directly from seed. Their easy culture, heat tolerance and colorful mid to late summer show, blooming hard when other annuals are spent, make them well worth exploring. Zinnias make superb long-stemmed cutting flowers with long-lasting blooms.
Zinnias are one of the easiest annuals to grow, grow quickly, and bloom heavily. They make a massive burst of color in your garden.
Zinnias seem especially favored by butterflies, and many gardeners add zinnias specifically to attract them.