Annuals – Zinnias

Zinnias
One of my favorite annuals is zinnias. They look so bright and perky in the garden and they make wonderful cut flowers because they really soak up the water.

I got the seeds for this zinnia from Renee’s Garden Seeds and the variety is ‘Decor.’ In addition to this apricot-colored flower, the packet includes seeds for chartreuse flowers. Pretty cool, eh?

These zinnias love the sunshine so you would want to plant them in a spot where they’ll get a minimum of 6 hours of sun daily. I started the seeds indoors about a month before our last frost (about mid-April). The seeds should be planted 1/2-inch deep and they will take about a week to germinate.

When I transplanted them out in the garden, I spaced them about a foot apart. The mature height of the zinnias is from 3 to 3 1/2 feet. I always plant them in my veggie garden to add some color to it.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the ‘Hot Crayon’ zinnias in my front perennial bed. Click here to see what they look like.