If you're just starting out with flower gardening
, it's a good idea to choose flowers that will not only look great but are resilient enough to miss a watering or two, don't need special soil and can stand up to a little neglect. Try these tough blooms for your first attempt at flower gardening:
- Cosmos--Native to the Southwest and Mexico, they grow quickly from seed and are drought resistant.
- Portulaca--Seeds will grow in any type of soil, and the plants are comfortable in a range of climates.
- Coneflower--Also known as Echinacea, these flowers will grow in sun or shade and have a long bloom season.
- Nasturtium--Tolerant of poor soil and dryness.
- Coreopsis--It self-sows and grows like a weed, giving you plenty more plants to divide and plant elsewhere.
- Sunflower--Grows best in full sunlight and requires little maintenance.
If your "black thumb" makes you a little too nervous to plant flowers directly in the soil, try container gardening
. You can even use self-watering containers for some added insurance!