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'Make the most of summer': How to create a flower bed that lasts more than six months


The Zahara variety is shorter than other zinnias, c. 35cm, robust and multi-branching, resulting in more flowers.

Zinnia elegans ‘Giant Dahlia Mix’ have gorgeous, large and long-lasting flowers in a mix of oranges, reds, pinks and yellows. These are perfect for the cutting garden, reaching c. 90cm, and will last in vase of water for weeks on end.

Seeds can be sown in April and May and 12 weeks later you will see your first set of flowers. And, these will continue to flower until the first frosts.

Summer bedding plants don’t, however, have to be in bright colours. You can just as easily create a cool pastel arrangement either in containers or borders using Petunia x hybrida “Tidal Wave Silver” F1, Lobelia erinus “Waterfall Lavender”, Brachyscome multifida “Blue and White mix”, Heliotropium arborescens “Reva”, with a scent of almond and red cherries, and Helichrysum microphyllum “Silver Mist”.



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