Best Easy-to-Grow Flowers for Your First Garden

Do you want to have a beautiful garden but not have to spend a lot of money? There are two easy ways you can do that. One is by hiring professional landscape and gardening services. By taking advantage of these experts’ reliable services, you can create a garden that’s in keeping with landscape design principles. Another way is by choosing easy-to-grow flowers that provide beauty while being lowkey and  easy to maintain. Here is a selection of the best, low-maintenance blooms that you can grow for your first garden.

  • Bachelor’’s Button

These blue flowers are similar to miniature carnations, and they are the type that easily attracts butterflies. After the last frost of spring, sow the seeds in your garden. You can also start them six to eight weeks prior to your last frost date. Once the weather warms, you can transplant the seedlings to your garden. They can flower from midsummer to the first frost in fall, and they only require minimal care other than watering during dry spells. The brown seed pods can be collected at the end to plant in your garden next year.

  • Columbine

These showy, spring- and early-summer-blooming perennials are available in many colors. They will self-seed and return year after year without any need for you to care for them. Columbine is tolerant to a wide range of growing conditions. However, it should not be placed in poor-draining soil. You can extend the blooming time of your columbine plant by removing the stems once they have finished flowering.

  • Calendula

These flowers are usually bright yellow to deep orange in color and make great container plants or edging plants in the garden. You can either sow them directly in your garden or indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost. They will self-seed season after season. You can give your plants sun protection in the afternoons and keep the soil moist if you live in hot areas. To encourage more blooming, you can also remove any flowers that have been used.

  • Cosmos

Cosmos are great cut flowers and can be used in bouquets all year. They are annuals, but they can also self-seed. They can tolerate poor soil as they are low-fuss flowers. You can either start them indoors six to eight week before the last frost, or sow them in spring after the last frost. For long flowering, you should plant them where they are protected from wind gusts and take out the old blooms. If you want your plant to self-seed, you should leave some of its flower heads.

  • Marigolds

Because marigolds are annuals, you will need to plant them every year. They will bloom all summer long if they are kept deadheaded and the spent blooms are removed. You can save some seeds from the end of the season and use them to plant next year. The hottest months of the year can cause flowering to slow down, but it should resume in the fall. In hot climates, you might need to provide shade for your plants in the afternoon and keep the soil moist.

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