Its been a challenging growing season for many of us but I did have some stellar performers in the garden this year. This week I will talk about the flowers that exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be growing them again next year. I’m already planning the flower garden for 2022.
Meet Zinnia Profusion Red and Yellow Bicolour. This annual from the All American Selections is no doubt a flower you should try. I was sent seeds to try out and wowsers! Aren’t the flowers beautiful? They were easy to start from seed and I planted them in the garden in May. As with most annuals I thought I would be deadheading these zinnias to encourage new flowers and keep them tidy. Not the case with these exceptional flowers. They sent up multiple stems from each plant as shown in the photo above. As the flowers age pink tones from the red centers start to develop which increases its beauty in the garden. They grew to about 15″ high and I used them in bouquets. They were planted near our patio and everyone who came over commented on their beauty. As I went through my seed stash I made sure to check if I had more seeds and I do. I hope to use them in a larger border in our Arthur Glen garden.
I planted the Zinnia Profusion Red and Yellow Bicolour with Canna South Pacific Orange. I started this Canna from seed several years ago and it spends the winter in the greenhouse. The rhizomes can be overwintered in the same way as your dahlia tubers. I found that if I pot the plants up in fresh potting soil and leave them in the greenhouse they do well. The greenhouse is set so it doesn’t drop below 5C or 40F. As cannas grow they multiply and rhizomes are easily divided so you have plants to share. Here the Cannas do best in the ground and grow to about 3′ high. Once it heats up in June the flowers start to open to a bright orange which proved to be a great colour match to the the zinnias. The broad Canna leaves provide a nice contrast to the small leaves of the zinnias.