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Zanny, Heat-Lovin’ Zinnias

So, July and August in Texas means everything goes brown.  After having a bunch of stuff die right before we left for vacation, I had decided that we would just maintain what was left in the ground and look forward to doing our second planting this fall.  Even before we left, our Profusion Zinnias were looking quite nice.  They were blooming and filling in quite nicely.  Since we’ve been back, it has been raining a lot — something that just doesn’t happen in our area at this time of year!  The zinnias have exploded and are bursting with yellow flowers.  Even in the heat of the day, they look lovely.  So, as we start mapping out our long-term landscaping plan in the coming months, I see many zinnias in our future!!

Tips and Characteristics:

  • Make sure they are planted in well-drained soil.
  • Love hot weather and are drought tolerant
  • Deadhead for longer blooming
  • Blooms summer into early fall

Fun History Fact (courtesy of Burpee):

“Zinnias are named after Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759), a German professor of botany who grew the plant after it was “discovered” in the New World and brought back to Europe. Zinnias are native to Mexico, Central America, and the southwestern United States.”

4 comments on “Zanny, Heat-Lovin’ Zinnias

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    July 16, 2012

    I love zinnias but unfortunately for us so do the groundhogs. They come right up on the deck and eat them.


    • Beyond The Green Door
      July 16, 2012

      Oh no! Fortunately we don’t have groundhogs and the bunnies have chosen zinnias as one of the one things that they leave alone. (Otherwise they terrorize our yard with all their cuteness!)

  2. bigsmileu1
    July 16, 2012

    Zinnas are one of my favorites. They last all season here in Chicago and go right until the first frost. Yours are spectacular! Enjoy the day. 🙂

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