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hen sunshine and water combine at just the right
moment, nature creates a rainbow and bathes
the sky in a celestial swath of color. Fortunately
for local landscaping, those same conditions can
bring forth a most adequate, earthly replication
with the addition of zinnias to the garden.
Zinnias exist in several varieties, all of which emit
breathtaking bursts of color in shades of red, pink, orange,
yellow, purple, and white—nearly every facet of the
spectrum except for a true blue. Now abundantly available at
local nurseries, zinnias will easily complement a new spring
garden or enhance the palette of any existing combination of
annuals, perennials, and foliage.
Zinnias were named after Johann Gottfried Zinn, a German
professor of botany who grew enamored with the plant
after it was brought to Europe from the Americas. They are
members of a tribe of sunflowers in the daisy family that
thrive in dry grasslands along the southwestern United
States into Mexico and South America, where the Aztecs
called them
mal de ojos
, “hard on the eyes,” because of their
bright colors.
By Jan Brick
Persian Carpet Mixed
The zinnia has been referred to as the
“poorhouse flower” and “everybody’s flower”
because they are so common and easy to grow.
Simply sprinkle zinnia seeds wherever you need
extra color, water for a few days, and watch
them sprout
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