Guide written by:
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford
For anyone who wants beautiful flowers in their garden or to spruce up their balcony or deck without devoting all their time to gardening, here is a list of 10 simple flowers that are easy to grow and do not require much maintenance. Let's talk nasturtiums, cosmoses, pansies, tulips and poppies!
Nasturtium is an annual climbing plant that blooms from June until frosts starts to arrive. It features pink, red, orange or yellow flowers depending on the variety and is easily adapted to any garden or balcony.
Nasturtium plants are also useful for upkeeping a vegetable patch, as they help keep aphids away. One last advantage, nasturtium is an edible flower, with a foliage that is particularly rich in vitamin C.
Cosmos is an elegant flower that can be used to refine any garden or deck. It is very easy to grow and blooms from May to October. Its flowering is abundant and in constant state of renwal from spring all the way until autumn. It does have a slight disadvantage, in that cosmoses do not support frost. They require a warm and sunny location.
It has the dual advantage of being a flower that is very easy to grow, all the while being very resistant to pests. It is a small flower that blooms in the spring or fall. No matter what species of crocus, their flowers will all open once in contact with light and remain closed when the weather is cloudy.
Forget-me-nots are easy to grow and hardly ever need to be watered.
Its flowers appear in spring and can stay until October, depending on the exact variety. Forget-me-nots generally have blue flowers.
This is an annual plant that blooms all summer. Since it is also edible, you can even put it in a salad. This plant is also useful to protect your vegetable patch from insects.
Pansies are the definition of an autumn and winter flower. They require very little maintenance and its petals are readily available in multiple colors to decorate balconies and gardens.
Pansies are edible flowers, and can be used in salads or cakes, among other things.
Sunflowers would not be called something that refers to them as the "flower of the sun" for nothing. The plant needs a lot of sun and is constantly shifting directions to better face the sun.
This is a flower that has inspired many artists including Van Gogh, who is famous for his sunflower paintings. It is a large, robust plant that will referesh your garden thanks to its large yellow petals.
Easy to grow, tulips feature flowers with an almost infinite color palette to match any garden or balcony. It is a plant that tends to thrive better when placed in direct contact with the sun.
Also important, with their long stems, tulips are significantly impacted by wind and heavy rains.
These should be handled with care, as tulips are toxic to humans. The side effects include abdominal pain and skin irritation, from the bulbs.
Its flowering period lasts from June to December. The begonia is also edible and its petals are commonly used to make excellent jams.
Poppies are a flower that is extremely easy to grow and requires almost no maintenance. This is also why it tends to show up a little all over the place, in the garden, on the lawn, in the bottom of ditches or in the middle of fields.
Poppies do not fear shade, but will flourish when exposed to direct sunlight. They will bloom between May and September.
Easy-to-grow plants are just a small, albeit practical part of your garden's charm and appeal. For more ideas, follow the links below for gardening-related accessories, advice from our editors and more helpful guides:
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Guide written by:
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford, 51 guides
From a background in waste transportation, I became a farmer specializing in organic market gardening. A graduate of a professional baccalaureate in Agronomy and Horticultural Production, I tried for several years as a young farmer to settle in the beautiful region of Oxford. After many disappointments, I finally started a small-business in home services, specifically in gardening, assisted by my loving, dear husband. Passionate about nature and wild edible plants, I am very attentive to ecological solutions and respectful of our environment in all aspects of my daily life. From the vegetable garden to the flower beds, from seed to harvest, I have all kinds of advice up my sleeve. Do not hesitate to ask me your questions.