I am a veggie gardener for the most part, but this past summer after I picked my onions I decided to fill this one onion bed w/ Zinnias. I have never grown zinnias before, so I thought I would give it a try. I was quite surprised that they are so easy to grow. I prepped the bed w/ compost, and fertilizer, and planted approx 5 plants my wife purchased at the local box store. I also purchased some seeds of various variety. I planted the seeds w/ the 5 plants I planted. After a couple of months the bed was in full bloom. I noticed that the flowers do not seem to fade. It seems other flowers I have planted around the yard bloom then the bloom falls off after a while. Zinnias won my affection. Just plant and water, and enjoy the view. Very impressed. I do not know what variety I planted so after the recent freeze I tried to collect the seed from the dead plants. I want to plant more zinnias in the spring. I have recently raised an older bed in my front yard tomato bed. The bed is 3 ft. by 20 ft. I want to plant the zinnias between the bed boards, and the side sidewalk. The bed runs east to west. Please see picture, and I will continue the post in my reply to myself.