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Zinnias for the Garden or Vase

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Big color and lots of it -- no wonder this annual flower stands out in the garden and as a cut flower.

Bowl of cut zinnia blossoms.
Copper-and-cedar wall vases with zinnias.

On the Wall

If you don’t like good things to end, zinnias are the flower for you. They bloom from midsummer to frost, and they can last a week or more as cut flowers. With a range of bloom shapes and colors, zinnias have no problem making an artful display in these DIY copper-and-cedar wall vases.

Stepping-stones in a zinnia garden.

Tiptoe Through the Zinnias

Why should tulips have all the fun? With myriad heights and colors, zinnias give you ample reason to enjoy them up close. DIY stepping-stones make the journey easier, forming a decorative path through a colorful, sun-loving garden bed. You might even spot a few butterflies or hummingbirds.

Copper-and-cedar raised planter with zinnias.

Heightened Awareness

Bring compact zinnia varieties, such as Thumbelina, up a level to better enjoy them. A handsome planter creates an ideal way to draw attention to zinnias in a mixed arrangement. Made of copper and rot-resistant cedar, this DIY planter is overflowing with zinnias, variegated vinca vine, and sweet potato vine.

Bowl with floating zinnia blooms.

Something to Float About

Instead of lily pads, create a tabletop masterpiece with floating zinnias. Snip the flowerheads and set them adrift in water as a striking centerpiece.

Cut zinnias in bottles and vases.

Zinnia Basics

  • Plant after the danger of frost has passed. You can also sow seeds in early summer for a late-summer show.
  • Choose a sunny location with good drainage. Leave ample space between plants for better air circulation.
  • Grow tall varieties in mixed flowerbeds or as background plants. Use shorter varieties as edging plants or in containers.
  • Feed every 3–4 weeks with a general-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to extend the bloom season.
  • Avoid wetting foliage with overhead watering, which can lead to foliar diseases such as powdery mildew.