is a hybrid gomphrena that can reach 4-feet tall
in the garden.
may not recognize the word "zazzle" but I
predict you will like the plant attached to it. Pink
Zazzle is a new gomphrena with iridescent hot pink
flowers that are so incredibly beautiful they have a
hypnotic effect on me. I have to go look at them every
day. To be honest I even photograph them every day. We
stumbled on them quite by accident which means you may
have to do the same or ask your favorite progressive
local garden center to track them down.
Zazzle is a new hybrid gomphrena with flowers larger
than a golf ball which prior to this was unheard of in
the world of gomphrena. If you are not familiar with
gomphrena they are also called "globe
amaranth" and occasionally "bachelor
may have avoided these tough-as-nails flowers thinking
they didnít have the pizzazz or staying power for a
long hot summer, but in reality they are among your best
choices. In fact the last decade has seen several
marvelous new varieties.
Zazzle, the newest, reaches about 16-inches tall with an
equal spread. Since it is so new we feel as though we
have it in a trial performance. The huge flowers are
one of my favorites is All Around Purple. This one
reaches 18 to 24 inches with glorious purple balls. It
was a Mississippi Medallion Winner and tolerates
downpours and droughty periods as well. It makes a good
cut flower and dried flower too. In that sense it is not
an annual or perennial but an eternal.
is a new series that comes in three colors ó pink,
purple red and white ó and is slightly taller reaching
24-plus inches. Iíve watched it in Southeastern trials
and it has been very impressive. If you are into cut
flowers youíll love it.
is another award winner and is simply amazing. Like Pink
Zazzle, it too is a hybrid but with more typical sized
flowers that are also shocking pink. The trait that
makes Fireworks distinctive is that the flowers are
borne all growing season on plants that can reach
monolithic proportions by the end of summer. In
Mississippi State trials ours reached 4 feet plus and
tolerated the absolute extremes in heat, rain and
of the variety you choose to grow, select a site in full
sun with fertile, well-drained soil. I have seen many
fine ones in part sun, but blooms are more prolific in
full sun. The soil must be well drained.
working your soil, incorporate 2 pounds of fertilizer
per 100 square feet of bed space. I use a 12-6-6 ratio,
but a balanced one that contains a slow-release form of
nitrogen will do just fine. Work the fertilizer with 3
to 4 inches of organic matter, and till 6 to 8 inches.
loosening of the soil with organic matter will pay
dividends when rains seem to be more prevalent and
drainage is mandatory. Once the drier season arrives,
established gomphrena plants will become drought
plants at least 18 to 24 inches apart. The dwarf Gnome
series can be planted closer. Place them in the soil at
the same depth they are growing in the container. It is,
however, a good idea to add a layer of mulch to conserve
moisture and retard weed growth.
old flowers to keep the plant tidy and looking its best,
as well as to keep those little, round flowers coming.
Feed plants about every six weeks with a light
application of same fertilizer you used in bed
like to use gomphrena boldly versus spot planting. An
informal drift or sweep of these flowers will be just as
stunning as anything else you may choose. It seems to me
that almost any other cluster of flowers or foliage is
made more beautiful with a gomphrena partnership. I hope
youíll give them a try.