I don't know why I have been so impatient for the zinnias to show their bright happy faces this year. If I could grown only one annual, it would be zinnias. They are my never-fail flower... until now.
Ordinarily, I grow zinnias from seed, but this year I picked up some 'Profusion Cherry' zinnias that were labeled "For Part Shade" as I thought they might be good for under the smoke bush. I have not had much luck growing much of anything under the smoke bush, and these were no exception. They are doing okay, but not the 12"-18" inch compact specimens I expected.
Red is my favorite color, and these redundantly named 'Red Scarlet' zinnias fit the bill. Although the color was predicted by the seed package, the range of shapes is a surprise.
Apparently, I discarded the seed pack for the following pastel zinnias. If memory serves me correctly (a BIG IF), these are smaller in stature than the reds above. So far, the plants are living up to that expectation.
This is just the beginning of zinnia season. They will bloom until frost, luring butterflies and hummingbirds. So glad they are finally here!