Among all of the extraordinary delights of the flower garden, a very familiar flower always sparks loads of admiration from veteran horticulturists and casual passersby alike. The zinnia, a plant native to Mexico where Aztecs originally dubbed the flowers mal de ojos, meaning "hard on the eyes," are now planted solely to brighten up our garden and they never fail to cheer us up with their brilliant blossoms that open continuously from midsummer all the way to the first hard frost. But these summer flowers earn their place in our garden and our hearts for more than their good looks. Read on to see what these special plants have to offer.
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