The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has declared the zinnia as the flower of the year for 2011.
Every year since 1982, the NGB and its members select one flower and one vegetable to be showcased in the program. These crops are chosen because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse and versatile.
For 2011, the zinnia has been chosen as the flower of the year, while the tomato has been chosen as vegetable of the year.
According to TheFlowerExpert.com, zinnias come in an array of colors and multi-colors. Zinnias come as yellow, orange, white, red, rose, pink, purple, lilac and multi-colored blooms. Plant varieties include both miniatures and giants that range from about a foot to over three feet tall.