Janisa has always had a passion for gardening and being able to grow her own food. Here are some of her gardening tips.
Easiest to Grow Flowers
As the weather warms, your houseplants are coming out of their winter dormancy and you are probably itching to get your hands dirty in the garden. Or maybe you've never planted anything before and you more than eager to get started this summer season.
Here are some easy-to-grow flowers for your garden that will help you fill your garden with color. If you are new to gardening, you will want to focus on plants that will give you the best return for your effort. Planting annuals is perfect for beginner gardeners since they grow quickly, bloom for a short period of time, and can tolerate a wide range of conditions.
One of the easiest annuals to grow is the Zinnia. The Zinnia is a short-lived, warm-season crop and can even be grown indoors in pots. Zinnias are also known as "the old-fashioned flower" because it was first cultivated in the 1700s and has been a popular garden plant ever since. Zinnias have been bred for their bright colors, which makes them perfect for adding color to the garden. Zinnias are hardy in all but the coldest climates and can tolerate drought conditions well and even grow without much direct sunlight. They are one of the easiest flowers to grow from seed and begin producing colorful blooms in just 45 days
Another easy-to-grow annual is Nasturtiums , also known as Indian cress or Tropaeolum majus . Nasturtiums produce clusters of brightly colored flowers that range from yellow, orange, red, and even white! The flowers attract butterflies and bees alike making this an excellent choice for a pollinator-friendly garden. Nasturtia is best grown during cool weather conditions because it does not like hot temperatures very much (although you can still grow them in warm climates if you provide adequate water). This resilient plant reseeds itself so you will always have plenty of plants growing throughout your garden or containers. In fact, they may become invasive if left unchecked! Nasturtium seeds will germinate quickly under ideal conditions with germination taking only 5 - 14 days depending on temperature. If allowed to mature fully these plants will reach about two feet tall with a similar spread so be sure to give them room when planting them in your garden beds or containers so they don't crowd out other plants around them with their rapid growth rate!
3 . Shasta Daisies
Another "old-fashioned flower" that has stood the test of time is the Shasta daisy, Leucanthemum x superbum . These familiar-looking daisies will put on quite a show once they begin blooming – especially if planted along walkways where passersby can enjoy seeing these radiant beauties up close! The large petals of this native wildflower make it an attractive landscaping choice for borders or accent areas around patios or sidewalks where people tend to gather outside often at different times during the day (i.e.-morning coffee drinkers versus late night barbeque lovers). Planting Shasta Daisy near entrances is also an effective way to add color to your home's exterior design scheme: An added bonus: most deer won't eat Shasta Daisies making this perennial flower safe among wildlife too!
4 . Impatiens
New Guinea Impatiens were developed by hybridizers over 100 years ago by crossing two species together – Impatiens wallerana with Impatiens balsamina perennis – creating larger blossoms while keeping many desirable characteristics such as heat tolerance and ease of care traits that make gardening effortless year after year no matter what type of soil you have available (or how little time you spend working outside tending your favorite flowers each week!).
As you might have guessed, there is no shortage of sunflower varieties available in the marketplace today. The most common types of sunflowers you will find planted across the country include Mammoth Sunflower which can grow up to eight feet tall and produce blooms that are five inches in diameter. Another variety, Giant Single, is a bit more compact standing at just five feet tall but their giant single blooms can be up to six inches across! The last variety is called Dwarf Sunflower and it grows about three feet tall with flowers that reach about four inches across. All varieties grow best as annuals and prefer full sun conditions but can tolerate some shade during the afternoon hours.
6 . Lantana
Another popular flowering plant for your garden is Lantana , also known as scarlet sage. Lantana plants are a great addition to any garden because they attract hummingbirds and butterflies which means this flowering perennial attracts pollinators too! These colorful flowers will bloom all summer long providing color to your garden bed with little to no maintenance on your part once established. They do well in a variety of landscape conditions so no matter where you live or what kind of soil you have available, you should be able to find a place for these colorful flowers in your garden or containers.
Salvia, also known as perennial salvia, is another flowering plant that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies alike making it an excellent choice for a pollinator-friendly garden. One reason why salvia is such an easy-to-grow flower is because they produce long-lasting blooms. You can expect 6 - 8 weeks of continuous flowering from most salvia plantings! These flowering perennials are also deer resistant which makes them safe for your landscape design ideas no matter where you live or what type of wildlife has access to your home's perimeter.
Borage is a flowering plant that attracts bees, hummingbirds and butterflies alike making it a great choice for a pollinator-friendly garden. This low maintenance plant is easy to grow from seed or you can purchase borage plants from your local garden center. These beautiful flowers are well suited for growing in containers on your patio or windowsill too! The vibrant blue color of these plants also makes them perfect for adding color to your flower beds during the cooler months of summer when it's too hot to spend much time working outdoors in the garden.
9 . Larkspur
Another popular flower for adding color to your garden is Larkspur . These plants produce clusters of blue and purple flowers that look very similar to a lambs ear plant. It is best to plant larkspur in full sun but they will tolerate some shade conditions during the afternoon hours if necessary (when temperatures soar). This plant will reach about two feet tall with an equal spread so be sure to give them plenty of room in your garden or container when planting so they don't crowd out other plants around them with their rapid growth rate!
10 . Floating Flower Pots
Another easy way to add color to your garden this season is by placing some colorful annuals into floating flower pots like Water Lilies or Hydrangeas . Floating flower pots are simply small plastic containers with holes cut into the bottom that allow water to flow out after you place them inside another water-filled container – like a pond or fountain. The large water filled container serves as a reservoir and will help keep the small floating pots topped off with water even if you don't get around to watering them every day!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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