What are those?
They don’t look like zinnias.
You don’t believe me?
These are Zinnia angustifolia, my new favorite zinnia. Such cute, little zinnias that form a nice mound about six to eight inches tall.
I grew them from seed because every time I asked at the greenhouse if they were going to have any for sale, they shook their heads no because no one else was asking for them. Just me!
So I grew them from seed myself.
They were tiny seedlings when I planted them out. If I wasn’t careful when watering them, I could have easily washed them away.
You can generally get them in white, yellow, and orange.
‘Crystal White’ was named an All-America Selection in 1997 for bedding plants. I can see why!
I found this picture from June 8 showing the size of the seedlings.
That’s them on the front row. These are the yellow ones planted with some Zahara zinnias which eventually crowded them out. Next year, I will plant fewer Zahara zinnias so the little Zinnia angustifolia will have more room.
Obviously, planting out these little zinnias isn’t going to give you that instant color you get when you go to the garden center and buy petunias and other blooming plants in the spring. But now that it is September, look at your petunias, then look at my little zinnias. Which looks better now?
The correct answer is the little zinnias.
They’ll be blooming until frost.
And they are on my “grow them again next year but grow more of them” list.