various zinnia blossoms

The Best Easy-to-grow Flowers

Get your garden ready and be mesmerized by these easy-to-grow flowers. Growing beautiful flowers are easier to think about, but you must stick to these tried-and-true varieties and follow some basic rules.

If you are new to growing flowers, carefully follow instructions from the plant’s tag or packets to learn if the flower is annual flowers, live one season, or perennial flowers, which come back for many years. To know more about the difference between annual and perennial flowers, here it is.

Annual flowers only live once a year, and they die during winter. Annuals bloom bright and showy all season long. Although you don not need to replant next year, they still cost cheaper than perennials. 

Some annuals are “self-seeding” that wind up with new flowers the following year without you having to plant them. Because annuals live for just one season, they aren’t assigned climate zones like perennials are.

Meanwhile, perennial plants live from three or more seasons, which means they require less work from you than annuals do. They simply grow back each year from roots that become dormant in the winter. You can see them from year to year, so they put their energy into establishing stronger, strong roots than growing lots of flowers like annuals do.

Here are some flowers that are the easiest to grow in your garden, ensuring that you provide their needs-water, good location receiving enough sunlight, quality soil, and free from weeds and grasses.

Sunflowers

As its name implies, Sunflowers truly love the sun, and they face where the sunlight appears the brightest. They need at least 6-8 direct full sun every day. They have large seeds that are easy to handle, so they’re great for children or beginner gardeners. Sunflowers have different sizes and shades of the color of their flowers and their height because they have many varieties such as Little Becka, Elf, Soraya, Pacino, American Giant, Baby Bear, Zohar, and many more.

Sunflowers bloom during summer, and most of these varieties are drought and heat tolerant. They attract insects like bees, butterflies, and even birds. Sunflowers can thrive in most soil types (except water-logged)

Coneflowers

yellow coneflowers

Coneflower is also known as Echinacea. It came from a Latin name, echinus, meaning hedgehog, associated with the plant’s often-prickly lower stem. They are little native little flowers that attract butterflies, bees, and birds to the garden.  

Sow Coneflowers in zones: 3-9 using rich and well-drained soil. Their flowers have a little similarity with Sunflowers except that they come in various colors such as yellow, orange, white, purple, pink, bicolor, and more.

They can grow as tall as 6 ft tall and can tolerate drought.

Zinnias a pink zinnia blossom

Zinnia is an annual plant and one of the easiest flowers to grow, as they grow quickly and bloom heavily. Zinnia flowers bloom in summer and can create a massive burst of color in your garden. They have bright, daisy-like flowerheads on a single, erect stem, making them great for use as a cutting flower. They are food for the insects, especially butterflies.

They have moderate water requirements and thrive in rich and well-drained soil. They can grow up to 20-24 inches tall.

Geranium

Geraniums are gardeners’ favorite as they are easy-to-grow flowers that emit a lovely scent from their colorful flowers. Geraniums may be grown as an indoor plant or as annual flowers. During the summer months, they can be placed outdoors to let them receive full sun.

During late summer or early fall, keep geraniums indoors mostly when nighttime temperatures start to dip below 55°F (13°C) regularly.

Marigold

No annual flower is more cheerful and easier to grow than the marigold as they germinate quickly within just a few days and bloom in about eight weeks. These flowers bring sunshine into your summer and autumn gardens.

Marigolds have flowerheads that resemble daisy or carnation. It blooms from late spring until frost. Although some 50 species, most marigolds we see in the garden include triploid hybrid, African marigolds, French, and signet marigolds.

Dianthus

Dianthus is one of the easiest to grow perennials and is liked for its spicy clove-scented flowers and cottage-style appeal. It does not require much, and they are mat-forming groundcovers to upright varieties 3 feet tall. This flower attracts pollinators like bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds. It comes in about 300 varieties and blooms in nearly every color, from white to almost black. Plants come in a range of shapes and sizes.

Fuchsias

You can grow fuchsia under a sunny spot in your garden or under a tree’s shade as long as you provide protection from strong cold winds. It requires fertile, moist, and well-drained soil to bloom flowers abundantly.

There are hundreds of its varieties and if you plan to grow them in containers, ensure you use a good multi-purpose compost. Most varieties produce relatively small flowers, whereas the so-called’ Turbo’ varieties bear quite large flowers.