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  • In Bloom: ‘Benary’s Giant Lilac’ Zinnias in the Cut Flower Garden

    One of the more disappointing aspects of not having a legitimate flower farm is that I never seem to have enough space. While, I’m extremely thankful for the space that I do have – I just wish that I had a little more. This is especially true when the time comes to plan which varieties of zinnias that I’ll grow in the garden. Most of the varieties of zinnia that I grew this year were in shade of purple. One of my favorites were the Benary’s Giant Lilac that I started from seed and then transplanted into the yard. I usually consider lilac to be more of a lighter shade,…

  • How to Grow Zinnias from Seed

    Zinnias are one of my absolute favorite flowers in the cut flower garden. When it comes to how to grow zinnias from seed, it’s pretty easy. Here in my yard, the zinnia flowers love my hot and humid weather. It’s not uncommon for them to reach heights of 6ft, and to stretch taller than my privacy fence. If you’re attempting to grow zinnias for the first time, you have a couple choices regarding when and how to start the seeds. The easiest way to start zinnias from seed is to direct sow them into the garden bed. First, you’ll need to wait until all chance of frost has passed. Amend…