Youth and Old Age Half-hardy Annual ZINNIA

Few annuals look as appealing as Zinnia in the seed catalogue, but to get similar results you will need fertile soil and a fine summer. The Daisy-like flowers may be single, semi-double or double, and the largest are 6 in. across. The tall, strong stems 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 Dahlia-flowered ‘State Fair’ (2.5 ft). Between them you will find Scabious-, Chrysanthemum-, cactus- and Gaillardia-flowered types… a truly dazzling array.

SITE AND SOIL: Any compost-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.

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