Easy Outdoor Garden – Plants You Can’t Kill

Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t despair!  You can still create a beautiful outdoor garden with plants that are hearty and resilient.  Whether you are planting for the first time or you have been gardening for years, the desired result is a healthy, bountiful, gorgeous bed of flowers and plants. For maximum results with minimal effort, here are some plants and flowers that will hold up to almost any conditions:

MINT

mint

This rugged herb is great for beginning gardeners.  It spreads easily, so if you want to keep it from sprawling across your beds, consider planting it in a container.  For culinary purposes, think about what you will be using it for before choosing the type of mint you grown. For example, peppermint would be great for hot tea, but spearmint is a better choice for a summer cocktail.

SCAEVOLA

SCAEVOLA

Native to Australia, this pretty, low maintenance plant will stand up to heat without withering.  Enjoy the lovely purple flowers, also known as “fan flowers”, cascading from baskets or window boxes.

SUN HOSTA
SUN HOSTA

For shade gardens, there’s no doubt that hostas are one of the first plants to come to mind. However, SunHosta challenges that notion by performing at its best in the full sun and hot, humid conditions of the Southeast. One of the easiest plants to grow, these are a great choice for any garden; just be sure there aren’t any deer or slugs lurking about because they enjoy eating them!  There are many varieties to choose from with a large range of colors to suit your taste. Growing Hostas: How to Care for a Hosta Plant

GERANIUMS
GERANIUMS

There are good reasons that Geraniums are the number one selling annual; you can get them in an abundant rainbow of colors and they can withstand a lot of heat with limited water.  While they are annuals in most areas, they are perennials in parts of Hillsborough County ( Zone 10) meaning they will come back each year. Flower Power: Annuals vs. Perennials

VERBENA
VERBENA

Found in a variety of colors including white, pink, or purple, these beautiful blooms are the perfect accent plant.  There is a specific variety called Imagination that is particularly hearty and will survive in hot, dry conditions.

SWEET POTATO VINE
SWEET POTATO VINE

Truly hard to kill, this trailing vine can be found in shades of purple and lime green.  It flourishes in the heat of summer and grows in both sunny and shady spots. An awesome ground cover, it will spread from 4 to 6 feet.

These are just a sampling of plants and flowers that will thrive under most conditions.  For more, check out: 13 Can’t-Kill Flowers for Beginners

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