In a Vase on Monday. Zinnias and Things.

Zinnias are wonderful cut flowers, like sweet peas the more you cut, the more they flourish and they are so long lasting in a vase.  They go on blooming until the first frosts. I started growing them when I saw them on other blogs. I don’t know why I never thought of it before. There are so many wonderful varieties that choosing the seeds is difficult. I think this one; Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’ is antiquey looking and darkly sophisticated. The spikes of Persicaria amplexicaulis are a perfect match. I thought the fluffy seed heads of Pennisetum alopecuroides go well with them too. This grass obligingly seeds around so I can have it all over.


Last year I grew a mixed selection which were bright and cheery but I think I prefer single colours.

I want to grow lots more next year, but which ones to choose? It would be lovely to hear which varieties other bloggers particularly enjoy. I am very taken with the lime green one that my friend, Christina at myhesperidesgarden grows. That one is definitely on the list.

I grow a lot of salvias, I love them and they are so easy from cuttings. I have been meaing to do a salvia post but now it is a bit late, some of them are looking past their best. But here is a cheery posy of some of my favourite varieties.



This year I grew some from seed that I collected from my favourites. They germinated readily and I was looking forward to some exciting new varieties. To my surprise every one turned out to be the bright red of Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’, like the one in the centre of the picture above. Very nice but I don’t need twenty identical red salvias.

My last vase today contains Nasturtium ‘Black Velvet’. It doesn’t look very black to me , more mahogany, but that is what it said on the packet.

So that is my three vases today. It is nice to have an abundance of flowers to pick in late October. Next month might be a bit more challenging once we have had the first frost. Please see what lovely Cathy at ramblinginthegarden and the rest of the vase fillers have been up today.

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37 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Zinnias and Things.

  1. These are fabulous vases….I wish my zinnias would grow this profuse and my what a great color on those nasturtiums!

  2. All gorgeous. I am starting Zinnias shortly, one of the Cactus mixes. Still not sure exactly when to plant these, I am going to look for some Nasturtiums, too. Inspirational photos!

  3. Christina says:

    The Zinnia vase is perfect with the grass; I think I’ve had that colour but from a mixed packet so I didn’t know its name. I don’t really have a favourite I love them all and most seem to grow well. Green Envy is a bit weak but the much larger Benary’s Giant Lime grows very well (Chiltern Seeds). I’ve been thinking that I will grow some shorter varieties in pots next year too; they produce so many flowers and don’t mind how hot and sunny it is. Interesting about the Salvias; you have some very attractive ones. I should grow more of them but I find they are quite slow to establish here.

    • Chloris says:

      I don’t know why it’s called ‘Queen Red Lime’, it’s not lime at all. I will make sure I get Benary’s Giant Lime, thank you for the tip.
      I don’t think salvias like being too dry. I am crazy about them.

  4. Your Zinnias look great. I grow ones that are flat for butterflies to land on. Your Salvia vase is inspiring as I grow many varieties here. I’ll need to give it a try.

  5. Annette says:

    Your zinnias are delightful, there’s something nostalgic about them. Grew Black Velvet too this year and it’s flowering even better now that the heat of summer has gone. Happy autumn days 🙂

  6. tonytomeo says:

    Ah! The nasturtiums! But you are correct. They do not look like the dark blackish red of ‘Black Velvet’. It is just as well. The mahogany is prettier.

    • Chloris says:

      Perhaps the seeds were mislabelled, it wouldn’t be the first time.

      • tonytomeo says:

        I found that the color is affected by the weather. Mine came out very dark, just like the picture, but with weird yellow veins down near the stem. They darkened through the season, and then got veined again later on. I think the weather confused them.

  7. Cathy says:

    Really love that first vase Chloris – the zinnia is very attractive and combining it with the Persicaria was an excellent choice. 🙂

  8. Alison C says:

    Your Queen Red Zinnias look perfect with the grasses which are so fluffy and tactile. I’ve grown Zinnia mixes but I think I’m going to stick with more subtle colours though perhaps that is going against what Zinnias are all about.

  9. Kris P says:

    I’ve come to love Zinnias but I’d be hard-pressed to identify favorites as most of mine come from mixes. There’s a peach Zinnia I absolutely adore but I can’t name – I used it in one of my arrangements last week. I’m also partial to the “cactus” varieties, although I have no idea why they’re referred to using that term. They have a slightly shaggy appearance, like the “cactus” dahlias.

    • Chloris says:

      Christina recommended Benary Giant Lime and I am rather taken with the whole range of Benary Giant zinnias. Gorgeous colours and nice strong plants. The shaggy cactus ones are lovely too.

  10. Eliza Waters says:

    I do love zinnias and they will always have a spot in my garden as the bees and butterflies love them. I want to try peach/coral/pink cactus flowering ones next year. Salvia really save their best to the last it seems and are invaluable this time of year. I just wish they bloomed all summer!

  11. Zinnias are my second favorite annual, I think. I like red and orange, and plant mostly varieties from the ‘Profusion’ and ‘Zahara’ series, both very common around here. ‘Zahara Sunburst’ is especially nice.

  12. Anna says:

    Oh what striking vases of zinnias Chloris. I like the regal lady but the mixed all sorts is my favourite of the two. Interesting to hear about the results of your salvia seed sowing. You can have too much of a good thing.

  13. All pretty but the Nasturtiums catch my eye with their dark petals and gold throats. And since they’re edible, they would be pretty with a seasonal dish.

  14. mrsdaffodil says:

    I’m intrigued by your mention of green zinnias. I like green flowers, especially in bouquets, but yours are lovely without them.

  15. Peter/Outlaw says:

    All three vases are lovely but I especially liked the Salvia posy. A great plant and favorite of hummingbirds, Salvia seems carefree and always in bloom from late spring through frost. What’s not to love?

  16. Chloris says:

    Thank you Peter. Ah humming birds. Now that would make the picture complete. But they are as rare as unicorns in the UK.

  17. Wow, I’m impressed with your huge selection of late October flowers. I’m considering that ‘Queen Red Lime’ zinnia for next year. But the rainbow collection beneath is tempting, too.

  18. pbmgarden says:

    Wonderful selections for these vases. I have a few zinnias left. Love them as they require so little and give so much. I find Nasturtiums very hard to grow here. Yours are beautiful even though not as dark as expected.

  19. Oh, I love those! I have some cut Zinnias I need to put in an arrangement since we’re getting frost this week. 😦

  20. snowbird says:

    What lovely vases, such beautiful, rustic colours. I especially like Black Velvet, what a stunning rich colour they are!xxx

  21. I prefer the mixed zinna’s too! However my favourite is the nasturtium’s, such a wonderful colour. (sorry I am late, trying desperately to catch up with things!)

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