When it comes to gardening, Mother Nature is incredibly forgiving—you just need to know some basics to help her out. Many flowers actually are simple to grow if you know a few fundamentals, which is why we’ve rounded up the easiest flowers to grow right here. For starters, read the plant tag or description to learn if the flowers are annual flowers, which live one season, or perennial flowers, which come back every year.
Your grandma (and her grandma!) probably grew these sturdy old-fashioned favorites. These annuals are almost indestructible, surviving heat and dry spells and blooming nonstop from planting until a hard frost. They come in varying heights from six inches to two feet in colors including sunny yellows, cheery oranges, and creamy whites.
2. Sweet Alyssum
Sweetly scented with pretty, lacey blooms, sweet alyssum looks amazing in baskets, window boxes, or cascading over a wall. It also survives a light frost, and pollinators absolutely adore it. Sweet alyssum requires sun, but can handle a little shade.
With hundreds of varieties of sedum, also called stonecrop, you’ll find one you love. Its fleshy leaves help it survive dry spells, and its muted colors are welcome in the late season garden when almost everything else has faded. The cut blooms last almost forever in a vase! Sedum requires full sun.
These hardy perennials with fuzzy gray-green foliage have a spicy, minty scent and purple-blue flowers that last from midsummer onwards. Pollinators love catmint! Newer varieties don’t flop over, but will keep a nice mounded shape. Catmint requires full sun.
These bright annuals are easy to grow from seeds; just soak overnight, then rub a file against the seed before planting to encourage quicker germination. They’re slow to take off, but by late summer, you’ll have oodles of flowers. Nasturtiums come in both bush forms and climbing vines. Fun bonus: They’re edible, with a slightly peppery kick that spices up salads.
If you can’t grow anything else, try daylilies. Incredibly unfussy, these perennials bloom for just one day (as the name suggests) but in great profusion. You can snap off the flowers as they fade, if you’re a bit of a neatnik, or leave in place. In a few years, your daylily can be divided so you can plant elsewhere in your garden or share with friends.
With ruffled leaves and colorful foliage, heuchera, also called coral bells, has dainty flower spikes that appear in spring to mid-summer. The flowers are tiny, but the gorgeous foliage is reason enough to grow this easy-peasy perennial. Give it a few years to let it really show its stuff.