growing zinnias and why it's ok that they decimated everything else

growing zinnias and why it's ok that they decimated everything else

This year was my first real garden, so I honestly had no idea what I was doing aside from the obvious: put seeds in dirt and add water when they look dry. Truly, that was the extent of my gardening abilities.

But, I'm a firm believer in experience over knowledge, so I was prepared for lots of experiential learning – which I got. Especially when it came to my flower bed.

Gardening — like life — is a try, fail, try again endeavor

I decided to plant a variety of annuals including Dahlias, Poppies, Snap Dragons, Cosmos and white Zinnias. I pictured beautiful, colorful bouquets all summer. What I got was a bed of white Zinnias . . . Huh?

I'm not sure what went wrong (because I am a new-comer to gardening), but I imagine there was an underground battle of the seeds and Zinnias decimated the rest of the species. They obviously don't play well with others.

In any case, I did have lots of beautiful (not so colorful) bouquets of white Zinnias all summer. If this is worst thing that happens from experimental gardening I can't really complain.

But please, if you know of a companion flower that is hardy enough to survive alongside Zinnias, please tell me about it!

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