Longtime favorites for colorful, round flowers, typically in summer and early fall. These are hotweather plants that do not gain from being planted early; they merely stand still until weather warms up. Subject to mildew in foggy places, if given overhead water, and when autumn brings longer nights,more dew and shade. Sow seeds where plants are to grow (or set out nursery plants) from late spring to early summer. Give good garden soil, feed generously. Most garden zinnias belong to Z. elegans.
The common garden zinnia, sold in strains ranging from less than a foot high and wide to 4 ft. tall, half as wide. Oval to lance-shaped leaves to 5 in. long; summer flowers from less than 1 in. to as much as 5–7 in. across. Forms include full double, cactus flowered (with quilled rays), and crested (cushionlike center surrounded by rows of broad rays); the many colors available include white, pink, salmon, rose, red, yellow, orange, lavender, and purple.
Native to Europe, western Asia; naturalized in North America. Aromatic plant grows to 2 ft. tall and 1...
Stiffly branching plants to 2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide, covered in summer and fall with rounded, papery, c...
This annual grows 20 ft., with 2 1/2- to 4-in.-long leaves finely divided into slender threads. Summer...