Sometimes a particular selection or color of a series of hybrids stands out among the others. This is certainly the case with Zinnia Profusion Bicolor Red and Yellow. Hybrids of Z. elegans and Z. angustifoia, the Profusion series has been around more than 20 years and plants are available in numerous colors but this one is quite unique. Everyone visiting our gardens went nuts over it when we planted it out in 2022. In 2020 it won gold medal awards in the All American Selections and Fleuroselect competitions in the US and Europe, respectively. It was the first time in 17 years a single variety has done so. What makes this selection so different is that the blooms start out bright yellow with red centers but as they age, the petals morph into shades of apricot, salmon and dusty rose pink, almost purple. It also has good resistance to powdery mildew. Zinnias are tough, easy, dry-tolerating annuals that flower all season and perform best if they are not kept too wet or crowded.