Zinnias are one of the tried-and-true garden flowers recommended for even the most new gardener. Zinnias come in a multitude of varieties. They can be dwarf to giant, ranging from 6 inches to over 4 feet. The flower heads come in a variety of shapes from single and double blooms, to spidery-shaped to domes. The best thing is the fantastic range of colors. Zinnias are available from the faintest pastel to the most vibrant colors. They come striped, speckled, solid and multicolored. Zinnia’s make an incredible cut flower with a long vase life.
Zinnias are easy to grow; they like full sun and well-drained soil. It’s not too late to plant zinnia seeds for late summer color that will last until the first spring. They can be transplanted or direct sown into the garden. If you choose to get an early start and plan to transplant, plant them in a peat pot that can be planted directly into the garden or planting bed, as not to disrupt the roots.