Zinnia elegans

Quick facts and care essentials

• Warm-season
• Annual
• Full sun
• Regular watering

Borne on plants 1 to 3 feet tall, colorful daisylike flowers bloom in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple, as well as white and bicolors.

Space 6 to 12 inches apart. Zinnias are susceptible to mildew; to help prevent it, water at ground level rather than sprinkling.