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Creeping Zinnia

Sanvitalia procumbens

Although creeping zinnia sounds like it should resemble the colorful zinnia grown as a cutting flower, the two plants have little in common. Creeping zinnia hugs the ground and sprawls to create a colorful mat of yellow flowers and tough green foliage. It feels right at home in containers, rock gardens, and the front of a landscape border, and it loves to ramble around shrubs and perennials. Creeping zinnia begins blooming in early summer and continues flowering with gusto until the first frost. No need to deadhead this easy-care beauty; spent flowers naturally fall away and new blooms debut every few days.

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Under 6 inches to 12 inches

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12 to 18 inches, depending on type

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Container Favorite

Long stretches of high heat and humidity don't deter creeping zinnia from unfurling new blossoms. This annual's tenacity is part of what makes it a superb container plant. Pair it with other heat-loving annuals and you can fill a full sun deck or blazing hot patio or pool deck with color from early summer until the first frost. Lantana, vinca (Catharanthus roseus), globe amaranth (Gomphrena globose), gazania, pentas (Pentas lanceolate), verbena, and moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora) all stand up to high heat, which makes them great planting partners for creeping zinnia. Fill an 18- to 24-inch container with several of these annuals and prepare for a color-packed summer. Even though this annual tolerates heat with ease, it still requires regular watering. Plan to water containers daily during hot, dry spells.

Follow these simple container-gardening tips for perfect potted plants!

Creeping Zinnia Care Must-Knows

Creeping zinnia grows best in average, well-drained soil and full sun. It will grow in part shade, but won't flower as profusely as those plants growing in full sun. Creeping zinnia also tolerates a range of soil conditions—from dry, rocky soil to moderately moist soil rich in organic matter. Good drainage is essential.

Plant creeping zinnia directly in the garden or in pots or hanging baskets, 1 to 2 weeks before the average last frost date. It does not transplant easily so don't go to the extra work of starting it indoors in early spring. Water plants regularly as soon as they emerge to encourage a strong root system. Reduce watering after plants are established.

Here's how to make the perfect hanging basket.

Plant Creeping Zinnia With:

Moss rose
Moss rose is the gardener's choice for the hottest, driest, most problematic spots in the garden -- even a clay strawberry pot in full sun. This succulent plant thrives in heat, drought, and lousy soil, rewarding gardeners with nonstop color. Coming in sunny warm reds, oranges, magentas, and yellows, moss rose looks at home in a sun-drenched area. There's also a whole pastel color palette for moss rose -- creamy white, pink, and peach varieties. It often happily reseeds, coming back every year with gusto.
Pansy
From tiny, cheerful Johnny jump-ups to the stunning 3-inch blooms of Majestic Giant pansies, the genus Viola has a spectacular array of delightful plants for the spring garden. They're must-haves to celebrate the first days of spring since they don't mind cold weather and can even take a little snow and ice!They're pretty planted in masses in the ground, but also cherished for the early color they bring to pots, window boxes, and other containers. By summer, pansies bloom less and their foliage starts to brown. It's at this time that you'll have to be tough and tear them out and replant with warm-season annuals, such as marigolds or petunias. But that's part of their charm -- they are an ephemeral celebration of spring!
Zinnia
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.
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