21 Easy-to-Grow Flowers for New Gardeners

This list is designed for beginners who may be wondering what flowers they can grow in their first garden. By choosing plants from this list you can be assured of success since they are all as foolproof as can be. That does not mean that the flowers are any less attractive than other more demanding specimens as you will see below. I found this list on the Garden Design Magazine website.

Think you have a brown thumb? These easy-care flowers will help you gain confidence in the garden. Annuals such as sunflowers and zinnias are easy to start from seed, perennials require little care and return each year, and bulbs are practically foolproof when planted properly. Start with just one, or select a few and get growing!



Zones: Annual
Colors: Yellows, browns, and mixed
Height: 3-16 feet
  • Blooms during summer
  • Most varieties are drought and heat tolerant
  • Attracts bees, birds, and butterflies
  • Thrives in full sun
  • Tolerates most soil types (except water-logged)
  • May require support to prevent breakage



Zones: Annual
Colors: Shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, and white
Height: 20-24 inches
  • Blooms during summer
  • Offers varieties in shape (daisies, dahlias, spiders, poms)
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Likes rich, well-drained soil
  • Has moderate water requirements
  • Grows best in full sun


Zones: Annual
Colors: Shades of yellow, red, gold, and mixed
Height: 6-36 inches

  • Blooms spring, summer and fall
  • Grows quickly from seed
  • Helps repel mosquitoes
  • Prefers well-drained soil, grows well in dry or sandy gardens
  • Water well, allow to dry between waterings
  • Should be grown in full sun

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