Name: Gomphrena Pink Zazzle (aka: Gomphrena hybrid USPPAF)
Type of Plant: This is an annual plant in colder climates that’s fairly new to the scene. The bright pink flowers are round and huge, but the plant is not.
Why I love this: This is a sprawling plant, growing about 8 to 12 inches high and wide in the Northeast. The foliage is fuzzy and attractive. The flowers are large and showy but only open a few at a time. Because of this, the plant isn’t massive on its own but works best, I think, as a “mixer” to add to low-garden plantings or containers. I especially like how Pink Zazzle combines with grasses.
A Word to the Wise: I found that like other Gomphrenas, this one loves the heat. So it really gets going in mid-summer, not earlier in June. Be sure not to plant it outside too early in the season. I used my usual one part time-release fertilizer and two parts organic fertilizer, scattered over the surface of the garden or mixed into a container before planting.
Look for this plant where Proven Winners are sold!