Sunflower Beauties

Sunflowers are a favorite among gardeners. They are simple to grow, they aren't fussy and the fun doesn't end when the bloom dies. In fact, you could say it just begins!

I bought Mammoth Sunflower Seeds and planted them directly in the ground around May 1. (That's when its warm enough in Middle Tennessee to plant.) From there they grew and grew. I actually planted mine around a bamboo teepee. They don't have to be staked though.



Zinnia's are another summer favorite. They are easy to grow and bloom all summer long. With so many things dying this time of year, it's great to have a stunning flower you can rely on. 

I grew these from seed and are the Candy variety. I started the seeds in a seed tray in March. Put them in the ground in April and really didn't see any blooms until July. They are a warm weather flower, so next year I'll wait until May. One they start blooming, they don't stop!

They are also a favorite of butterflies- which is even more of a reason to grow them! Mine grew about 4 feet high, so make sure to plan for that. I actually have them in front of my nasturtium and now I can't even see it. I will fix that for next year. They also come in every color imaginable, I just have a deep pink variety this year.