The Colorful Flower That'll Upgrade Your Garden's Tomato Game

Growing tomatoes is a popular way for many homeowners to start gardening. Although seeing red gems with green foliage is nice enough, adding a rainbow of color with zinnias (Zinnia spp.) isn't bad. 

Zinnias, which come in a variety of colors ranging from light pastels to multicolored varieties (excluding blues), have captured hearts with their saucer-shaped blooms that resemble daisies, dahlias, or beehives. 

Clementine Hunter's love for painting zinnias inspired the opera "Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter," which honors them. 

 Most cultivars maintain a height of 4 feet and feature coarse, hairless, linear green foliage.

Aside from its aesthetic value, zinnias complement tomatoes for a variety of reasons. These nectar-producing beauties attract pollinators

like songbirds, bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, which benefits the tomato harvest. Furthermore, by attracting beneficial insects, they deter aphids, caterpillars,

and other pests that are looking for a sweet feast in tomato plants. Furthermore, they are easy to grow and maintain, so even the most inexperienced gardeners can handle them. 

Furthermore, because tomatoes and zinnias have similar care requirements, planting them together will make it easier to develop both plants. 

Furthermore, they are often despised by rabbits and animals, so planting them around your Romas may result in enough fruit to make your own tomato sauce.

Zinnia attracts thirsty pollinators. Georgi Baird/Shutterstock. Tomatoes, despite having a 96% success rate, benefit from additional pollination, especially in places with low wind. 

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