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Zinnias, Old-Fashioned Annuals for the Modern Garden

By Newyorkrita
January 23, 2014

Zinnias are in constant bloom from late spring till frost. These vibrant colorful flowers come in a rainbow of colors and are attractive to butterflies and gardeners. Zinnias are so easy to grow and make wonderful cut flowers.

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 22, 2014 6:06 PM CST
Zinnias are my favorites and from what I hear, of many people! Easy peasy to grow too! Nice photos.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 22, 2014 6:40 PM CST
I try to grow them ever year. Some years I don't have them and then I really miss them. They are my favorite annuals.

Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 22, 2014 7:14 PM CST
One of these years, I'll remember to pinch them back to make them bushier! I do love Zinnias!
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 22, 2014 7:19 PM CST
woofie, just cut them and bring them inside to enjoy!
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 22, 2014 7:21 PM CST
The profusion type are always bushy and mounded


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sarahbugw
Jan 22, 2014 8:50 PM CST
I love zinnias too! They're especially fun to grow from seed. I agree

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Jan 22, 2014 8:59 PM CST
Beautiful pictures.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 23, 2014 5:03 AM CST
In our hot humid summers zinnias can get pretty ugly with powdery mildew. I've never had that problem with the narrow leaf zinnias though, and I've stuck with those in the last few years. I don't use chemicals in my yard, want to keep it safe for the birds and bees.

Karen
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phoebesviolets
Jan 23, 2014 9:17 AM CST
I agree I love them as well! Grew them from seed and gave away tons of bouquets all summer/fall! Nice photo and article
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 23, 2014 10:50 AM CST
Zowie!

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DavidofDeLand
Jan 23, 2014 11:07 AM CST
always a favorite! Thumbs up
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Newyorkrita
Jan 23, 2014 12:03 PM CST
So pretty!
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Marilyn
Jan 23, 2014 3:23 PM CST
kqcrna said: I don't use chemicals in my yard, want to keep it safe for the birds and bees.


And butterflies.

I agree Hurray! Lovey dubby Thumbs up

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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 23, 2014 3:26 PM CST
I love all Zinnias, but esp. love 'Zowie Yellow Flame' and 'Magellan Coral' the best!

Hurray! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 23, 2014 6:34 PM CST
Zinnias just plain rock! Obviously the previous owner of our new house had zinnias at some time of other & they volunteered so this summer I had quite a few zinnias growing here & there & over there. Hilarious! It was wonderful as we had been too busy trying to get settled to do much of anything about planting flowers. The zinnias take this gosh awful heat down here along with the relentless 12 hour sun, no rain & no supplemental watering like it was a walk in the park!

I Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby zinnias!

I picked up a couple packs of zinnia seeds as well as harvesting from the volunteers here & very soon now I will be playing Annie Zinniaseed. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Jan 23, 2014 6:49 PM CST
I always tell people to plant zinnias. They can fill in between perennials or just be off by themselves. So much color for so little effort.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 23, 2014 7:03 PM CST
I agree So true.
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jan 26, 2014 7:57 AM CST
Love all those great pictures. I also use the narowleaf and Zahara.By the time I think of buying seeds they are usually sold out. The zinnias replace the violas for spots of color

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