I have a passion for sunflowers! This year we grew almost 20 different varieties, from wee pale yellow sunnies to mammoths, larger than my head! These giants grow, on average, 10 feet tall, with an enormous head more than 12 inches in diameter. Mammoth Sunflowers mature in 75-90 days and are easy to grow in full sun, with average to rich soil conditions. The stems reach over an inch in diameter and are extremely strong. If possible, I recommend growing them along a fence, due to their weight and height. Twine or a small bungee cord can be used to secure the sunflower stem to the fence.
Zinnias are truly happy flowers! They are easy annuals to grow from seed and come in a variety of colors and shapes. These beauties can withstand the hot summer days of July and August, here in Michigan, and continue to feed the bees throughout the cooler Fall days.
Zinnias are native primarily to North America, with a few species in South America. They range from 4″-40″ tall, depending on the variety.
I like to grow zinnias throughout the garden, not only for long-lasting color, but for their tendency to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Zinnias make the perfect choice for cut flowers. There is nothing like a rainbow bouquet of freshly cut zinnias to brighten any room.
“Your soul is attracted to people the same way flowers are attracted to the sun. Surround yourself only with those who want to see you grow.” ~Pavana