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Want fast color for just pennies? Plant zinnias! A packet of seeds will fill an area with gorgeous flowers in an amazing array of shapes and colors -- even green! And it will happen in just weeks. There are dwarf types of zinnias, tall types, quill-leaf cactus types, spider types, multicolor, special seed blends for cutting, special blends for attracting butterflies, and more.
Zinnias are so highly attractive to butterflies that you can count on having these fluttering guests dining in your garden every afternoon. But to attract the most, plant lots of tall, red or hot pink zinnias in a large patch. 'Big Red' is especially nice for this, and the flowers are outstanding, excellent for cutting. Zinnias grow quickly from seed sown right in the ground and do best in full sun with dry to well-drained soil.
From 1 to 8 feet
1 foot wide
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Benary's Giants Orange zinnia
Zinnia 'Benary's Giants Orange' is an excellent cut flower with large, 4-inch-wide, double orange blooms. It grows 38 inches tall and 2 feet wide.
Zinnia 'Magellan Mix' bears double blooms in a wide range of shades including red, pink, yellow, orange, and white. It grows 16 inches tall.
Zinnia 'Parasol Mix' bears fully double, petal-filled flowers in a range of shades. It grows 12 inches tall.
Cut and Come Again zinnia
Zinnia 'Cut and Come Again' is especially free flowering and bears double flowers in a range of bright colors on a 4-foot-tall plant.
Profusion White zinnia
Zinnia 'Profusion White' is an early-flowering selection with good disease resistance and white flowers all summer long. It grows 18 inches tall and 10 inches wide.
Scarlet Flame zinnia
Zinnia 'Scarlet Flame' offers double red flowers on a vigorous, 42-inch-tall plant.
Zahara Coral Rose zinnia
Zinnia 'Zahara Coral Rose' bears big flowers in a soft shade of pink. It's a disease-resistant, heat-loving plant that grows 18 inches tall and wide.
Zahara Starlight Rose zinnia
Zinnia 'Zahara Starlight Rose' is a compact (to 18 inches tall and wide), award-winning selection with white flowers that have a distinct pink blush. It's very disease-resistant.
Zahara White zinnia
Zinnia 'Zahara White' is a compact selection (to 18 inches tall and wide) with big white flowers. It's a disease-resistant, heat-loving variety.
Zahara Yellow zinnia
Zinnia 'Zahara Yellow' produces big flowers in a bright, bold color on a disease-resistant, heat-loving plant that grows 18 inches tall and wide.
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It's amazing that the tall, dramatic spider flower is only an annual. Once temperatures warm up, it zooms to 4 feet or more plants very quickly and produces large balls of flowers with fascinating long seedpods that whirl out from it. Cut it for vases, but be aware that the flowers shatter easily after a few days. It typically self-seeds prolifically, so you only have to plant it once. Because it develops surprisingly large thorns, it's best to keep spider flower away from walkways.Plant established seedlings in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Cleome does best in moderately rich, well-drained soil. Be careful about fertilizing or you'll have extremely tall floppy plants. Group in clusters of 6 or more for best effect.
Just as you'd expect from something called French, these marigolds are the fancy ones. French marigolds tend to be frilly and some boast a distinctive "crested eye." They grow roughly 8-12 inches high with a chic, neat, little growth habit and elegant dark green foliage.They do best in full sun with moist, well-drained soil and will flower all summer long. They may reseed, coming back year after year, in spots where they're happy.
There are few gardens that don't have at least one salvia growing in them. Whether you have sun or shade, a dry garden or lots of rainfall, there's an annual salvia that you'll find indispensable. All attract hummingbirds, especially the red ones, and are great picks for hot, dry sites where you want tons of color all season. Most salvias don't like cool weather, so plant them outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.