If you’re looking for a plant that can add beautiful color to your garden, consider planting zinnias! These plants are easy to grow and versatile – they can be clipped and used as a bouquet or trained as a bush. If you’re looking for the best zinnias for cutting, here are beautiful and vibrant zinnia varieties in color and shape.
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What to Search for in a Zinnia for Cutting?
As you evaluate several zinnias for cutting, there are many aspects you’ll want to examine to choose the best model for your purpose.
- Style: You can get cuttings of different zinnias today, and they all have their benefits. Some are popular because they can often do more than one thing at once.
- Capacity: Some zinnias for cuttings can make a lot of cuttings, while others can only make a few. Think about how much space you need to find the best option for your home.
- Features: Cutting zinnias often have several features that make your job easier. Costs will go up if you add more things. Choose the features carefully, because there will be a lot you don’t need.
- Use: The most effective product on the market might not be your best choice. Think about how you will use the product, what it will be used for, and how well it works.
- Value for money: Usually, the core features of zinnias for cutting will be free for a certain number of users, but extra features will be part of the high-end products. We looked at how much value these tools gave for how much they cost.
Historically, zinnias were only available in a single color per flower. However, inventive plant breeders have developed some excellent strains with petals of two or more colors. These are the best bicolor zinnia varieties for a cutting garden or flower border.
Even though they don’t taste like cinnamon, ‘Big Red’ flowers have a look that reminds me of the spicy burst of flavor in the chewing gum with the same name. As promised, this Zinnia elegans cultivar is known for its large, scarlet flowers six inches across. These bloom quickly. In ideal conditions, it only takes 35 days for the seeds to grow into flowers. And to make things even more interesting, the flowers turn a deep orange color over time. The blooms are held up by stems that are 36 inches tall, and the plants spread out 10 to 12 inches. This type of dahlia flower has a lot of layers of petals.
‘Cactus-Flowered Mix’ Zinnias
The petals on Zinnia’ Cactus Flowered Mix’ plants differ from those of other types because they are curled instead of flat. The species comes from Mexico, and plants grow quickly and bloom for a long time. Pink, purple, red, salmon, white, and yellow is all in our mix. Zinnias are great for planting to attract pollinators, and butterflies love them in particular.
Giant Cactus Zinnias
Flowers with two sets of petals grow to be 5 inches wide and have a lot of pretty petals. Zinnias with cactus-shaped blooms flourish to be 30 inches tall and 18 to 20 inches wide. They are often sold in a mix of colors that look good in the garden and a vase.
Inca and Pinca Cactus-Flowered Zinnias
This relatively new strain of zinnias with cactus-like flowers comes in pink and orange.
- Inca Zinnia: This type of zinnia has bright orange cactus-shaped flowers on strong stems with clean leaves. The 5-inch wide, fully double flowers are excellent for cutting. Plants reach a height of 36 inches and a width of 18 inches.
- Pinca Zinnia: It has big, bright pink, fully double cactus flowers that are hard to beat. You can expect to see a lot of 5-inch flowers on plants that grow to be 36 inches tall and 18 inches wide. The flowers look beautiful in bouquets or a garden.
Senora Cactus Zinnia
This plant has a lot of branches, and the flowers are salmon pink. The flowers are double, and the petals aren’t curled up as tightly as some other zinnias with cactus-like flowers. Flowers can be up to 4 inches wide and grow on plants that are 36 inches tall.
Super Cactus Lilac Emperor Zinnia
Pretty cut flowers can be made from lilac flowers with quill-like petals. These zinnias with cactus-shaped flowers are more compact than the others. They only grow 20 to 30 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches wide.
Semi-cactus flowers come in many different two-color combinations, such as orange and red, white and red, and so on. Plants don’t get any taller than 28 inches. Unlike some other cactus-flower zinnias, these have flatter petals that give flower arrangements a nice texture.
Candy Stripe Zinnias
This type of bicolored zinnia is likely the oldest and most historically significant one grown today. The flowers are white or ivory, with pink and red spots. Four inches wide, fully double flowers spread out. Because this strain is open-pollinated, you can expect some plants to make flowers that don’t look like the rest.
California Giant Mix
Zinnias from the California Giants strain are a perennial favorite among flower gardeners. They make great-cut flowers and have flowers that can grow up to 6 inches wide in the best conditions. The plants are healthy and resistant to disease. Place these zinnias in the back of a garden bed or border if you are planting them there. You can buy this type of zinnia in single colors or a mix of different colors. Here are a few cultivars:
- Polar Bear California Giant Zinnia– Large semi-double and double pure white flowers grow on 30–40-inch-tall plants.
- Oriole California Giant Zinnia has bright orange flowers on strong stems, making it a good choice for flower arrangements.
- California Giants Zinnias Mixed Colors– have large semi-double and double flowers that grow on tall plants and are resistant to disease.
Burgundy double blooms with two colors make a flurry of flowers. Stunning bi-color double flowers 1–2 inches across on vertical 16–24-inch spikes create a buzz in the sunny border, where they are grouped with other perennials. This burgundy and white bicolor is being sold as a single seed selection for the first time, not affected by drought or mildew.
Cut and Come Again
Zinnias from the famous “Cut and Come Again” strain have been a favorite of gardeners and flower farmers for a long time. The plants are only 24 inches tall but have long enough stems to cut. Flowers come in many different colors and can be double or half-double. I’ve been growing this type of zinnia for years, and I can’t imagine a summer without this beautiful and useful flower. Moderate to good resistance to disease, but the leaves can look ratty in October if you have long, mild autumn.
Dahlia Flowered Mix
The dahlia-flowered zinnias are home to many of the best zinnias for cut flowers. These tall plants have long, sturdy stems with some of the biggest flowers you can cut or use in a summer flower border. Here are some of the best kinds.
This widely-grown zinnia variety produces armloads of huge, fully double flowers. Mixes and individual colors are available. 40-inch plants grow 12-16 inches wide. Wide flowers look great in vases and bouquets. Benary’s Giant zinnias are disease-resistant and vigorous. Benary’s Giants single-color zinnia varieties.
- Benary’s Giant Bright Pink Zinnia – This bright shell-pink flowers stand firmly atop sturdy stems, making this plant an excellent choice for the cutting garden.
- Benary’s Giant Carmine Rose Zinnia – Robust stems support medium rose-pink blooms with a lengthy vase life.
- Benary’s Giant Coral Zinnia – Flowers are 3 to 4 inches wide and coral-colored.
- Benary’s Giant Salmon Rose Zinnia – These flowers are an amalgamation of coral and rose. In the cut flower garden, fully double blooms are good—excellent immunity to disease.
- Benary’s Giant Deep Red Zinnia – This bloom produces traditional deep-red flowers that look great in the garden or in a vase.
- Benary’s Giant Golden Yellow Zinnia – This variety is for you if you desire clear, canary yellow flowers. One of my favorites, the flowers are bright and cheery without being garishly so.
- Benary’s Giant Lilac Zinnia – Beautiful lilac flowers bloom on sturdy stems that are ideal for summer bouquets and gardens.
- Benary’s Giant Lime Zinnia – Flowers with a lemon-lime hue bloom on plants shorter than the rest of the series. Plants only reach a height of 24-36 inches and a width of 12 to 16 inches.
- Benary’s Giant Orange Zinnia – Flowers are produced on long, sturdy stems that are a stunning shade of orange.
- Benary’s Giant Purple Zinnia has dark lavender flowers that blend well with other hues, and their fully double, long-stemmed flowers add presence to arrangements.
- Benary’s Giant Scarlet Zinnia – Produces brilliant scarlet blossoms on sturdy stems —excellent for floral arrangements.
- Benary’s Giant White Zinnia – It has pure white flowers resistant to fading in the garden or vase.
- Benary’s Giant Wine Zinnia –Burgundy-hued zinnias make for opulent arrangements that are both dark and colorful.
- Benary’s Giant Mix Zinnia– This bloom is offered in mixed-color seed packets.
Double Zahara Yellow
It is a great song for people who like bright flowers. Large, bright yellow, double, globe-shaped blooms are about two and a half inches across and grow on 16 to 20 inches tall and wide stems.
They are usually planted in flower borders and grow to a height of about 10 inches (25 cm) when fully grown. These short plants are known for being small, and they grow well when mixed with other annual and perennial flowers and shrubs. Even though the plants stay small all season, this doesn’t mean that the flowers won’t be big. The size of the flowers will depend on the type of zinnia being grown. Some common dwarf zinnias are:
- ‘Dreamland Mix’ – a dwarf type that grows in a tight cluster. They make big, double flowers up to 4 inches across and look like Dahlias. Summer annuals are very popular because they have bright colors, don’t get sick quickly, and can handle the heat.
- ‘Magellan Mix’- These fully double, petal-packed beauties are up to 5 inches wide and grow in large numbers on neat, well-branched little plants that don’t get much taller than a foot. If you like Zinnias’s bright colors and hardiness in your garden, give yourself this long-blooming, very hardy dwarf variety. The flowers have many layers of petals, and a yellow center with frilly edges tops them off. You can expect them to be between 4 and 5 inches wide and to shine with bright color all summer long. This mix has all your favorite bold Magellan colors, like cherry, pink, orange, ivory, yellow, scarlet, and coral, which won an AAS award. Magellan flowers in about 6 weeks after being planted, so you’ll have a long, colorful summer. Zinnia Magellan is great for the front of an annual bed, in containers, or as an accent in a patio garden or perennial border. Its big, heavy blooms stand up beautifully, and at the height of the season, they almost hide under their colorful heads. If you cut off the old flowers, new buds will grow, giving you even more beautiful colors.
- ‘Star Starbright’- Stunning zinnia plants with star-shaped gold, orange, and white flowers. In addition to being easy to grow, zinnias attract butterflies. Cutting them yields an abundance of additional blooms because of their long stems.
- ‘Thumbelina Mix’- are multi-branched plants that grow between 12 and 16 inches tall and have 2-inch semi-double and double flowers. These flowers grow quickly and bloom in beautiful shades of pink, salmon, lavender, purple, pumpkin, crimson, and yellow. You can cut many of them to make pretty bouquets for the inside. Butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees, and other native pollinators are drawn to the bright flowers.
Jazzy Mix Zinnias
They have double and half-double blooms, are 1–2″ in size, are very pretty, and have bright, earthy shades of burgundy, red, red, yellow, and orange with cream, red, or red, or yellow tips. The plants are small, but they produce a lot. Cut-and-come-again flowers can be used more than once during the season.
The “Magnificent” zinnia strain is tall and beautiful, two great ways to describe it. Most often sold as a mix, these tall, well-branched plants can reach a height of 42 inches and a width of 20-24 inches. The flowers are either half-double or double and are 4 to 5 inches wide. There will be a wide range of solid-colored zinnia blooms, from lilac to rose, red, purple, yellow, and cream. You can cut a lot of things out of this kind. Put them on the back of the border if you want a tall color that lasts from summer to frost.
If you like zinnias with two colors, this is a good variety. The fully double zinnia flowers are 3 inches wide and have clear scarlet petals with cream-colored tips. Plants can reach 30 inches in height and 12 to 18 inches in width. The flowers look cool and go well in flower arrangements with red and white zinnias.
Oklahoma Mix Zinnia
This variety was developed for growers of cut flowers, but it also grows well in backyard gardens. The entire spectrum of solid zinnia colors is available in semi-double and fully double flowers. Compared to many other cut-flower zinnias, these plants only grow 2 to 2 12 inches wide flowers. The bushy plants have a spread of 18 inches and a height of 30 inches. Plants that are productive produce a lot of stems for cutting. It must be planted in the upcoming season.
- Oklahoma Golden Yellow Zinnia– The golden yellow blooms on the long stems measure 1 12 inches in width. Flowers can have a fully double or semi-double shape.
- Oklahoma Pink Zinnia – Clear pink blooms continue throughout the summer until the arrival of frost.
- Oklahoma Salmon Zinnia– This variety of zinnia has small, salmon-colored, fully and partially double flowers that bloom on tall stems. The color complements other flowers in bouquets well. One of the few colors that is sold separately.
- Oklahoma Scarlet– These tiny zinnias are perfect for the garden or for highlighting bigger flowers in bouquets. Try combining them with delicate Bishop’s Flower for a stunning two-species bouquet.
Peppermint Stick Mix Zinnia
Peppermint Stick zinnias have white flowers with red, orange, or scarlet spots. It has big, double flowers that look like dahlias that grow from zinnia seeds. The plants grow to be 28 inches tall and 18 inches wide. From a distance, they are not as pretty. Pompoms in pink, cream, white, and gold are very colorful. Each flower is different because it has its pattern of stripes and spots of darker colors. They do, however, make great cut flowers, and the two-colored flowers look great in a vase with solid colors.
Pop Art Zinnias
There are two kinds of Pop Art Zinnias: “Pop Art Gold and Red” and “Pop Art White and Red.” The plants grow 24 to 30 inches tall and have double flowers 2 to 3 inches wide.
- Pop Art Red and Gold Zinnia– has golden yellow petals with red dots. This zinnia won a Fleuroselect Novelty Award in Europe because of how beautiful and well it grows.
- Red and White Pop Art Zinnias– have double flowers with white petals and red spots. A great flower to cut.
Single, cherry-red flowers with yellow centers are approximately two and a half inches in diameter and grow on 12- to 18-inch stems. Plants grow to a width of 12 to 18 inches.
Queen Lime Zinnias
It is a favorite among our floral designers because it has big blooms in a chartreuse green color that goes well with many other colors. These hardy plants have a lot of flowers, long, strong stems, and do well in hot weather. More flowers bloom the more you pick. Zinnias are easy to grow and a great choice for people who are just starting.
Queen Red Lime Zinnia
The flowers of this zinnia variety combine red and lime green, making it one of the most distinctive color varieties. The vigorous plants reach 3 to 4 feet and 18 to 24 inches. The stems are lengthy and ideal for cutting. This gorgeous color scheme is simple to cultivate in a garden and is beloved by florists.
Red Beauty zinnia is a type of zinnia with big flowers that grows on a tall, bushy plant and has many qualities that cut flower growers and gardeners want. The flowers look like dahlias and can get up to 4.5 inches wide. Plants reach a height of 30 inches and a width of 16 inches. Harris Seeds sometimes has this strain if you want to buy organic zinnia seeds.
State Fair Mix Zinnia
Some of the tallest cut-flower zinnias grown today are State Fair zinnias. The plants grow 48 inches tall and 20 to 24 inches wide. They have bushy, long, strong stems. The flowers are half-double and come in every zinnia color, including pink, white, purple, scarlet, lavender, and orange. The ‘State Fair’ family of zinnias is special because the flowers can grow up to 6 inches wide.
Sunbow zinnias don’t try to make huge flowers like many other types of zinnias do. Instead, their flowers look like dahlias and grow 1 to 2 inches wide. These smaller flowers look cute, bobbing in the wind in the garden and look good with bigger flowers in flower arrangements. This type of zinnia is usually only sold in a mix of colors.
Swizzle Cherry and Ivory
The plants only get 10 to 12 inches tall and 6 to 8 inches wide. Try this one out in a pot on your deck or patio. It was made at Kansas State University to grow well in a prairie climate and put on a beautiful flower show all season long. It’s a good choice for places that often have drought and hot weather in the summer. It also comes in a combination of red and yellow.
Uproar Rose Zinnia
If you want a rose zinnia whose stems are all beautiful and have many branches, “Uproar Rose” is the one for you. This hybrid plant has rose flowers that are double and come in the darkest shades of pink—excellent health and resistance to disease. From 28 to 36 inches tall, plants grow.
This beautiful new variety of zinnia stole my heart during a recent variety trial. It has small, double blooms that are a pretty mix of pink and soft lavender, with a dark center that stands out. They look like small gerbera daisies or echinaceas with two blooms. They grow well in the summer and look great in bouquets because their stems are strong, and their flowers are small and delicate.
Zowie Yellow Flame
It is a beautiful hybrid zinnia that produces flowers with scarlet centers and yellow tips. The tips of the flowers are yellow. The plants can grow up to 30 inches tall and have a width of 12 inches when fully mature. Flowers in a garden or a vase need to be supported by sturdy stems.