Do you want to attract pollinators to your garden? Of course you do! Zinnias are one of the best flowers for attracting all types of beautiful pollinators, especially butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. In fact, the first time I saw a hummingbird in person was when she visited my zinnia plants to drink some nectar. I have been in love with these flowers ever since.
Zinnia flowers are part of the Asteraceae (daisy) family and are an annual plant. They are very easy to grow and come in a wide variety of colors. Their blooms can be quite lush and the petal rows can differ from plant to plant. One of my favorite features of zinnias is the small yellow crown of flowers in the center of the bloom.
Growing these beautiful flowers is super easy, simply direct sow seeds after the danger of frost has passed, water and wait. Seeds could also be sown indoors a few weeks before your last frost date but I have found that zinnias do not liked to be transplanted. In my opinion, they grow best when direct sown.
Caring for zinnias is quite simple too. They require full sun, well-drained fertile soil and adequate water. Zinnias are heavy feeders, so make sure to add a balanced fertilizer regularly. Deadhead the flowers frequently to encourage the the plant to grow more of them. This will make the pollinators happy!
Zinnias are quite the workhorses of the garden and will keep producing flowers until the first frost. I have often had them last until late October/early November, depending on the weather that year. I encourage you to grow these flowers not only for their beauty, but also for the benefit they bring to our much needed pollinators. You won’t regret it!