We grow hundreds of flower bulbs to sell or trade. Surprise and Tigers.
Zinnias are the best garden flowers, usually grown from seed, and preferably in fertile, humus-rich, and well-drained soil, in an area with full sun. Zinnias attract many beneficial insects to your garden. The little Trichogramma wasp that lays its eggs on the Horn worms that eat the tomatoes. The little wasps will take care of all the Horn worms for you. The secret of the Zinnia is the tiny, tiny flowers inside the center for the tiny insects. Zinnias also attract hundreds of Butterflies to your garden. It is amazing. My garden is filled with Butterflies all summer long. You can save the Zinnia spent flowers for seeds and Zinnias also re-seed everywhere in our garden. You have to be careful when weeding to not pull up the little seedlings everywhere.
Rose of Sharon trees also attract many beneficial insects and hummingbirds. They bloom all summer long up until freeze and send up hundreds of baby trees every year.
Lilac tree, April 2015. We’ve had this tree at least 20 years. Started as a cutting.