Zinnia Flower Arrangements
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A Visual FeastWhen Michelle Nussbaumer entertains, she believes in "engaging multiple areas of the house." The patio table features zinnias, Mexican marigolds, coleus, and roses from her garden, with floral design by Jimmie Henslee. See more of Michelle Nussbaumer's Moveable Feast.
Green and WhiteGreen and white is always right! Any season or setting, James Farmer loves this classic combo. Here, shades of chartreuse mingle with verdant foliage. Zinnias, hosta leaves, bolted basil and Queen Anne’s lace pods bloom out of trumpet vases. From James' book, Celebrating Home: A Time for Every Season (Gibbs Smith, 2022). See more from James' birthday dinner.
In the Pink
A bedside vase filled with pink and coral zinnias stands out in a pale pink-on-pink bedroom designed by Ashley Whittaker. See more of Ashley's color-smart designs.
Photo by Still Waters Farm and Gardens, via Instagram @stillwatersfarmandgardens
Varied stem lengths thoughtfully placed in a humble glass jar creates negative space that allows us to admire an array of zinnias grown by Still Waters Farm and Gardens in Hickory, North Carolina. This all-zinnia flower arrangement features 'Queen Red Lime,' 'Queen Lime Orange,' and 'Benary’s Giant' in a variety of hues.“Coming in a brilliant spectrum of colors, zinnias are an excellent summer annual. We direct sow the seeds in mid- to late spring, pinching them after a few inches of growth. The blooms are vibrant and productive continuing throughout the hottest part of summer.”—Still Waters Farm and Gardens
Farm to Table
It's time to dine among the flowers. With a pair of simple, vibrant zinnia flower arrangements, this idyllic table setting from the pages of Julia Reed’s South brings to mind a favorite quote from another consummate host, the late William Yeoward: “When you’re entertaining in the garden, it’s imperative that all the flowers come from the garden as well.”
Photo by Shelly Strazis
Green and White
Eileen Tongson of FarmGal Flowers combined 'Benary Giant Lime' and 'Queen Lime' zinnias with summery tones of green with splashes of white dahlia and delphinium in this arrangement. See the full materials list and more of Eileen's arrangements.
Farm FreshA freshly-picked bouquet of Benary zinnias and Oklahoma zinnias with stems of clary sage at Farmgal Flowers in Orlando, Florida. See more of Eileen Tongsen's arrangements with fragrant herbs.
Photo by Jeffrey Lee Adler
The late Ryan Gainey, a renowned gardener, floral designer, and Flower magazine contributor, loved a good "pansy ring." Today you can find vintage (and some new) versions designed to hold delicate, petite blooms in a wreath-like shape in antique shops or on Etsy. However, for a version large enough for zinnias and coreopsis, Gainey commissioned this terra-cotta piece from Hewell's, an American pottery company dating back to 1850. Here, a trio of sunflowers punctuate a floating wreath of orange zinnias.
Photo by Lauren Leigh Schmidt, @laurenleigh.schmidt via Instagram
Peaches and Cream
"I just couldn’t resist cutting my first ever dinner plate dahlia," says Lauren Leigh Schmidt of this bouquet picked from her Midwestern garden. With dinner plate dahlias and other large blooms, one or two is often all you need. Cosmos and a variety of zinnias, including 'Oklahoma' salmon and ivory and 'Zinderella' peach, round out the bouquet beautifully.
Photo by Charlotte Moss, from Charlotte Moss: Garden Inspirations
Appreciation of Every Blossom
A casual arrangement that looks freshly gathered from both field and garden includes zinnias, snapdragons, coneflowers, coreopsis, wild statice, Minoan lace, and salvia. See more of Charlotte Moss's lifelong love of wildflowers and its influence on her.
Photo by Anna Naphtali
A Constance Spry Moment
“We look to the garden for bright, happy flowers such as zinnias and dahlias and mix with traipsing vines—a sort of Constance Spry moment,” says John Loecke, co-Founder of Madcap Cottage. When a summer rainstorm brought a garden party indoors, Loecke did not miss a beat. He gathered an armful of zinnias, dahlias, sunflowers, roses, and other foliage and garden blooms and filled the home with no-fuss arrangements. Constance Spry, the iconic British floral maven who embraced simple beauty and shunned restrictive rules, would have approved. See more from this summer party.
What's Blooming NowTake a cue from Black Rooster Farm in Kentucky, and create a bouquet with a little bit of everything that's in season. This one includes zinnias, tobacco flowers, dahlias, cupcake and seashell cosmos, opal basil, allium, and shisho from the farm.
Old World Style‘Lime Cordial’ zinnias join a team effort in this monochromatic triumph by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina, based in San Francisco. Along with branches of walnut and young weeping willow, Chinese lantern, ‘Limelight’ hydrangea, Siam tulip, and orchids, the green-petaled zinnias create a multi-textured, verdant base. Then ranunculus and spray roses add a blush of pink. This floral design is one of many featured in Underwood's book Color Me Floral: Stunning Monochromatic Arrangements for Every Season. Get step-by-step instructions for this arrangement.
Photo by Laurey W. Glenn
A wreath of chrysanthemums, garden roses, and zinnias adorns a rustic gate, welcoming guests to an outdoor party at Breeze Hill Farm near Birmingham. See more from this Autumn Affair.