When I started planning this summers flower garden I decided to try out two specific colours of Zinnias. One of them was Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ and the other was Zinnia ‘Green Envy’. I knew the two colours would look great together so I started seeds of each in the greenhouse in the spring. Zinnias are easy to grow and provide a show of colour when the summer heat seems to have our gardens looking tired.
So let’s take a look at how the Zinnia ‘Green Envy’ looks today. Take note that these are all in my front garden and I thought they would all be the same. The seed package says to expect semi-double flowers.
Although it’s very cute it’s definitely not double. At least it’s green. Its spoon-shaped petals are what makes this Zinnia unique.
This is more what it should look like. A double green flower and so far the best out of them all. Of course, the spider is taking the show. I didn’t seem him at first. I know where he spent the night.
This is the third type of Zinnia ‘Green Envy’. I know, I find this one kind of boring. The rest of the flowers are still opening so I will have to wait and see what happens. I wish the seeds had been consistent. After a bit of research I have found out that Zinnia ‘Green Envy’ is open pollinated. That means you can collect seeds from them for next year. I will select the best flowers and save some seeds.
So far I am liking the combination of the two Zinnias along with Snapdragon ‘Purple Prince’. There are many blooms to open and this area should be full of colour in the coming weeks.
I have to show the many faces of Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ as well. Above was the first flower to open. Again another Zinnia with reflex petals but not anything like the seed package showed.
This week I have two new Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ in bloom. This one is quite ordinary and not what was expected. Even the colour is not as dark as expected.
This Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ is exactly what the seed package photo looks like. So as you can see there can be a lot of variability when it comes to seeds. It will be interesting to see how they turn out next year.
I won’t stop growing seeds for my garden. A bit of difference doesn’t matter as long as the colours are what was expected. Do you grow Zinnias? Many people here don’t and I am not sure why. They hold their flowers for a long time and require less deadheading. Combine Zinnias with Dahlias and you are guaranteed to have a show of colour in July.