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Year of the Zinnia 2017

Zinnia Solmar Mixed
Zinnia Solmar Mixed. Picture; Mr Fothergill's

Supercharged annual colour for beds and containers

Each year sees a different flower and vegetable highlighted by Fleuroselect, the organisation which trials new seed varieties to see if they’re suitable for European conditions – and 2017 is the Zinnia’s turn.

Zinnia Sombrero. Picture; Mr Fothergill's
Sombrero. Picture; Mr Fothergill’s

After lots of breeding work and new varieties, Zinnias are much more widely grown than they were 20 or 30 years ago.

Mr Fothergill’s is celebrating the flower these two varieties/mixes:

British-bred Zinnia Solmar Mixed F1 will create a stunning display in pots, containers or garden borders. The beautiful, large flower heads last well with good heat and drought tolerance, and excellent disease resistance. It needs little maintenance to put on an eye-catching display. The mature plants have a height of 45-60cm (18-24 in). A packet of 20 seeds costs £3.99.

New to the mail order and retail ranges is Zinnia Sombrero, which produces lots of single-flowered, red and white, jam tart-like blooms for many weeks through summer and into autumn. Plants reach around 35cm (14in) tall. A packet of seeds enough for 50 plants costs £2.35.

For more information, visit www.mr-fothergills.co.uk, telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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