The sunny faces of Zinnias can brighten up any garden, and there are many varieties of this pretty flower that do well in the Houston, Texas climate. Blooming in colors that include orange, red, white, pink and yellow, these drought tolerant flowers can add a striking touch to your Houston, Texas garden – and butterflies adore them! They also make great cut flowers for bouquets and arrangements. Most Zinnias do not tolerate an extended freeze, however, so be sure to protect them should one strike Houston, Texas. (Zinnias are usually considered annuals but some can survive the winter with a little care.) If you think you would enjoy planting Zinnias in your own garden, try some of the varieties below.
Zahara Double Fire. This 2010 All American Selection will light up your Houston, Texas garden with its fiery red blooms. In addition to attracting tons of butterflies to your garden, these Zinnias are disease resistant, drought tolerant, and can stand temperatures down to 35 degrees. Plant them in full sun in the spring or summer in your Houston, Texas garden, and they will flower from spring through fall. These Zinnias will grow to be about 14 inches tall.
Zahara White. These Zinnias have gorgeous, pure white flowers that will bloom from the spring through the fall in your Houston, Texas garden. Plant them in full sun in the spring and watch them grow, often reaching heights of up to two feet. These Zinnias are disease resistant, drought tolerant, and will attract butterflies in droves to your Houston, Texas garden. They can only stand the cold down to 40 degrees, however, so be sure and protect them come winter.
Red Spider. Named for their spider shaped blooms, these Zinnias have bright red flowers with dark brown central cones, surrounded by thin petals that resemble a spider’s legs. Plant them in the spring in full sun in your Houston, Texas garden, where they will bloom from early summer through the fall. These interesting Zinnias will grow to be about two feet tall, and are a great choice as accent plants in your garden.
Starlight Rose. The multicolored white, rose and pink of these Zinnias will make a lovely accent to your Houston, Texas garden. They are heat and drought tolerant, and also seem to resist mildew very well. Plant these Zinnias in full sun in the late spring or summer in your Houston, Texas garden, where they will bloom from late spring through the fall. These Zinnias are a great choice for mixed borders or container gardens, where they will attract lots and lots of butterflies.
Double Zahara Cherry. The bright cherry blooms of these Zinnias will brighten your Houston, Texas garden from late spring through the fall. Plant them in full sun and expect heights of about twelve inches. These Zinnias are disease resistant and seem to love the Houston, Texas heat and humidity. They are a great choice as an accent plant, or to use as groundcover.
Mexican Zinnia. If you are looking for a warm season annual for your Houston, Texas garden, try planting these Zinnias. They bloom in small but pretty orange and white flowers from spring through frost, and will also attract butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden. Plant them in full to partial sun in soil with good drainage. These Zinnias are a good choice for rock gardens or mixed borders. They are disease resistant and drought tolerant, too.