Grow a zinnia bush from seeds for just pennies with this easy DIY!
If you are a longtime reader of Exquisitely Unremarkable, you know that I am a big cheater! I like the quickest, easiest and least expensive way to a spectacular result. I am not a perfectionist and I don't really care about the process, I just want things to look pretty as fast as possible.
Today's cheat, takes us outside.
I want a lush cottage garden, but I was not born with a green thumb. Therefore, spending tons of money on plants is not a wise investment for this girl. I also crave an immediate result, the growing season here is short and I am not patient enough to wait years for some teeny, tiny starter to grow into something of notice.
This is precisely why I am a big fan of seeds! Seeds are super cheap, require very little effort to lay down and usually produce great results...and if you plant the right seeds, in the right way, you can cheat your way to fabulous in no time flat.
My zinnias are a perfect example, coming in at just under $2.00. There was a sale at our local nursery and at that price, we couldn't resist. We had removed an underperforming hydrangea from a corner spot and needed a large bush to fill the space. Instead, my handy husband planted three different zinnia varieties all in the same small area, sprinkling them haphazardly right on top of one another. Each packet listed a maximum growth height and we purchased one low, one medium and one tall flower. He covered the seeds with a handful of plant nutrient and hit them with water. It was a ten minute job, at most.
The result is a thick mass of flowers peaking at varying heights. By layering the seeds in no particular order, they have grown as a unit, giving the appearance that they are one cohesive ball of blooms ~ a zinnia bush, if you will. It fills the corner so completely, it would've taken a perennial plant years to get quite that large. Or it would've cost us a small fortune to buy one that big. I like my $2.00 solution much better.
I absolutely adore the burst of color it adds to my patio area and the never-ending supply of fresh flowers it provides for my indoor vases. Since there is such a variety of zinnias in that lovely tangle, my centerpieces are so much more interesting.
Of course, cheating is a dangerous habit. Once you get a taste, it's hard to stop. I have actually cheated many times before in this cottage garden. The trellised Morning Glory is a product of seeds, as well.
We have been planting seeds in that same exact spot for so many years, it actually just comes up on its own now.
That's about $1.50 in my pocket each spring!
Who says cheating doesn't pay?
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