At a time when colors begin to fade in Northern California gardens, zinnias explode with color and attract pollinators including several types of bees (above) and moths (below).
I’ve always loved the happy clear colors of zinnias and the firework patterns of their petals. The blooms can last until we see late fall frosts. Clipping back spent blooms extends flower production.
Zinnias are about the easiest annuals to grow and they work well in areas with direct sun. The water needs are moderate when compared to other showy annuals.