It is the first thing that greets me in the garden. Smaller than its larger and more flamboyant family members, zinnia augustifolia flowers are button-sized. But what they lack in size, the z. augustifolia more than make up for in numbers.
The z. augustifolia is a hardworking annual. It blooms its head off and fills the beds with colour. I can’t decide which is lovelier; the gorgeous white or the zesty orange. Planted together, they are a perfect foil for each other.
The z. augustifolia loves the heat, is tough and is generally pest free. What’s more, there is no need to deadhead these compact plants – at least I don’t. Let them be and you will be rewarded with subsequent generations.
Errant seedlings often crop up beyond the flower beds, and I gladly transfer these back to where they belong. And so another cycle begins …
Next time you see the zinnia augustifolia at the garden centres, grab a pot or two … or three. The flowers may look tiny, but they pay huge dividends.
Care and propagation: full sun; well drained, evenly moist soil; propagation through seeds