Summer’s last burst of colour

Summer is associated with some of the most impressive blooms. Not only are they available in a wide selection of colours, but there are also so many different types of flowers from which to choose. When the evenings start to get a bit cooler, however, many flowering plants stop producing blooms and we are left with a select few. Fortunately, there are a number of flowers that continue to bloom well after their summer season is done. One of these being zinnias.

Zinnias are known for blooming much later than other summer flowers. They are available in a wide variety of colours which means that they look amazing all on their own or you can pair them with other blooms if you like.

If you grow zinnias in your garden, you will be happy to know that they are wonderfully hardy. They do not require as much tender care when they are still attached to the plant. However, once they are picked, you will need to take a bit more care not to damage them. When picking them from your garden, you should always use a sharp knife or pair of scissors to prevent any damage to the stem or plant. The less harm you do, the better for the plant and your cut flowers since they have hollow stems.

Should any of the stems bend when you are picking them or if you notice bent stems on the plant, you can still use these plants. Simply trim the stem above the bend and then select a vase or suitable container to hold the flower. You can trim a few more flowers to add to the smaller arrangement and set it in an area with limited space. Smaller arrangements can add colour without taking up essential space! If the stem is very short, you can add the flower to a headband or place each of the short stemmed zinnias in a shot glass and then arrange them together on a table in your living room or dining room.