Zinnia is Old Favorite with New Look in Garden

Have you noticed how many new zinnias are on the market these days? These old-fashioned favorites are making a big comeback in a big way. In fact, All-America Selections picked one special zinnia as its 2010 Bedding Plant Award Winner. Here’s a close look at ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’. (Photos and text provided by All-America Selections.)

‘Zahara Starlight Rose’ is a stunning combination of new and old.

Zinnias are old-fashioned flowers, but these rose and white flowers are a new bicolor for this sun-loving class of annuals.

‘Zahara Starlight Rose’ was bred by PanAmerican Seed Company and tested in trial gardens throughout the country.

Important traits of this new zinnia are its  proven resistances to leaf spot and mildew.  These superior qualities result in long-lasting zinnia plants that provide generous color all season.

Because ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’ is heat and drought tolerant, it’s easy to grow in gardens and is a perfect plant for the novice or experienced gardener.

The mature plants are mid-sized, about 12 to 14 inches tall and wide, large enough to make a bold statement in containers or patio urns.

Gardeners can grow ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’ from seed or plants, so be sure to look for it at your favorite greenhouse or garden center.


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Thank you for writing about this All-America Selections Winner. At AAS are delighted to see Zinnia ‘Starlight Rose’ on Western Gardeners Web site. Hope all readers enjoy it as well.

These are lovely! Much different than the late summer bright colors I remember as a kid.

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