As you can see from above, I am partial to candy pinks, tangerines and corals, but zinnias come in a rainbow of colours. The bright and bold blooms can be single, double, ruffled, cactus style or domed, often with contrasting centers. This is one of my favourite cut flowers, bedazzling a bouquet to last a week or more. Zinnias are an annual, easy to grow from seed (one seed company boasted over 100 varieties of zinnias!), or cell pack if you have less patience or too short a growing season. They adore sunshine and heat – not a plant to overwater. I enjoy zinnias in containers or as fillers amongst perennials. Next year I am planning a row in the veggie garden for regular bouquet harvests. The fun-to-say name was in honour of the botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn, who first recorded the zinnia.
Technical stuff – Zinnia/Zinnia elegans (most common), annual to grow from seed or cell pack, height varies from 6” to 36” depending on variety, prefers well drained soil and go easy on the watering, blooms summer to frost.