If you are one of the many who were not born with a Green Thumb, there are ways to get your garden off to a glowing start even though you were not voted ‘gardener of the year’ in your town. Many people are trying their hand at gardening for the first time, whether young new homeowners or those who are leaving the city to move to the suburbs, many are giving a garden a try, and there are several ways to make sure that it’s successful. First of all, there are some plants that are just more finicky than others. If your plants for your garden are simply based on the fact that you like the look of that plant it is probably not going to turn out to be a very successful gardening venture for you. If you choose plants that are hardier than the average plant, your chances for success are much higher.
All plants have preferred growing conditions; however, there are some plants that are more sensitive to having their preferences met than others. There are plenty of plants and flowers that are hardy enough that their preferential growing conditions only have to be approximated, not met exactly. This is good news for the less skilled gardeners out there, not to mention that nobody can actually change the climate anyway. Of course, one can put flowers inside a greenhouse and then control the conditions inside of it to some extent, but if you want plants growing outside, there’s really little that one can do aside from choosing a plant that should do well in your climate region and choosing the side of the house whose exposure most closely fits the desired light pattern for a particular plant.
The good news is that there are some plants that are just harder to kill than others. The six below are all excellent options for the new gardener.
1. English Ivy: This plant’s beauty is unquestionable, and the plant is really quite hardy. It’s difficult to kill and it does a fantastic job of really accenting your whole house instead of just being a single bush or tree in front of your house.
2. Yarrow: This beautiful wildflower spreads easily and looks lovely on open spaces like fields. You can get a lot of bang for your buck by planting Yarrow since it will cover a whole field and make the thing gorgeous.
3. Baby’s Breath: This beautiful flower is hardy and it even can survive in dry soils that are more like sand than soil. Baby’s Breath is not only an easy plant to grow for the beginning gardener, it’s also a great flower to cut and decorate with whether freshly cut or dried.
4. Wood Fern: This basic plant doesn’t add color, but the texture of this greenery is very special, a great addition to any garden and easy to grow.
5. Sneezeweed: It doesn’t sound very pretty, but its gorgeous colors will brighten up any piece of land. The plant does well in dryer, prairie-like environments, which can often be a difficult zone to find plants that will grow there.
6. California Poppy: Featuring beautiful colors and able to grow in dry climates, these poppies will make your home into a beautiful oasis. Poppies grow easily and are easy to keep up. They also do a lovely job of spreading themselves so that you end up with a beautiful full field of poppies if you let the plant take its natural course.
Try your hand at these plants and you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by how much of a gardener you seem to be. Once you’ve got the hang of this, going on to more finicky plants will seem much easier.
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