This is the zinnia that I planted out by my mailbox. I have to water there almost everyday, because the soil is thin, being near the street. Lots of gravel sand thrown by passing cars. Dogs going by and watering them for me...so they are a tough plant. They are planted with some Stella Doro lilies and some cushy mum like marigolds in a pale yellow. I never remember the real names and the empty seed packets are downstairs...so you will have to bear with me. I wish that i had planted more zinnias, because they make wonderful, long lasting, bouquets.Few plants offer the dazzling array of color choices and large flowers that characterize the Zinnia family. Only dahlias and, perhaps, roses, can compete for size of bloom, intensity of color and showiness. The zinnia asks very little of its garden caretaker and gives so very much. Zinnias can be grown almost anywhere. They are not finicky about soil or water, but they do require full sun. The more you deadhead them, the more flowers they will produce. Japanese beetles do love them, but so do butterflies – lots and lots of butterflies. In mid to late summer, they are very prone to developing powdery mildew on their leaves, but this does not affect their flowers. Spacing the plants 6-8 inches apart sometimes helps, but not always. I walked out to the mailbox last night to water and I was greeted by the dreaded Japanese Beetle. They burrow right down in the center of those marigolds and then the petals turn brown. Those dratted things. We haven't had as many as last year, but one is too many. I have a plant dust that seems to work pretty good, but it looks terrible on the flowers. So you either have dusty white plants or plants turning brown with holey leaves.Tomorrow I will post a picture of the mailbox planting.