Fewlook as appealing as Zinnia in the catalogue, but to get similar results you will need fertile soil and a fine summer. The Daisy-like may be single, semi-double or double, and the largest are 6 in. across. The tall, strong do not require staking and the cut blooms last well in water.
VARIETIES: Zinnias are available in many colours – there is even an attractive green one (’Envy’). The whites, reds, purples and yellows are varieties of Z. elegans – the small browns and yellows, such as ‘Persian Carpet’ are derived from Z.angustifolia. The smallest of all is ‘Thumbelina’ (6 in.) and the largest is the-flowered ‘State Fair’ (2.5 ft). Between them you will find Scabious-, -, - and -flowered types… a truly dazzling array.
SITE AND SOIL: Any-enriched garden soil will do best in full sun.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 6 in. -2 V ft.
Spacing: 6 in. -1 ft.
Flowering period: July-October.
PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique. Plant out when the danger of frost is past.