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Gardening for Beginners: 13 Flower Ideas That Are Easy to Grow

Are you recently into gardening but everything still somewhat new to you? Flowers are a beautiful addition to any garden. They are not just for aesthetic value, but they attract birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators! Especially if you are a beginner, you should start with flowers that are easy to grow and maintain.

Check out our list of flower ideas that you can start planting right away!

Coneflowers

  • Zones – 3 to 9
  • Height – up to six feet
  • Colors – pink, purple, white, orange, yellow, and more

Coneflowers

Coneflowers will bloom for several months and will attract birds and pollinators. They like well-drained soil but have tolerance with drought.

Sunflowers

  • Zones – annual
  • Height – 3 to 16 ft.
  • Colors – brown, yellow, and mixed

Sunflowers

Sunflowers bloom during the summer season and most of their types are heat tolerant. They survive in full sun and usually attract birds, butterflies, and bees. They tolerate most types of soil but may need support to avoid any breakage.

Wax Begonias

  • Zones – annuals, can be perennial in zone 10 to 11
  • Height – 6 to 12 in
  • Colors – yellow, white, pink, and orange

Wax begonia

Wax Begonias bloom in the summer and fall seasons. They are great for hanging baskets, beds, or containers. They need fertile and amended soil and consistent watering. They do best in shade to partial sun.

Morning Glories

  • Zones – annual
  • Height – 6 to 15 ft.
  • Colors – blue, red, pink, white, and purple

Morning glories

Morning glories bloom in early fall or late summer. They are commonly used to cover trellises and walls. They attract butterflies and birds and should be watered on a weekly basis during dry seasons.

Dianthus

  • Zones – 3 to 9
  • Height – mostly 10 to 20 in, however, some varieties grow up to 3 ft.
  • Colors – shades of white, pink, purple, and red

Dianthus flowers

Dianthus blooms between the months of May and August. These fragrant flowers are resistant to deers and are ideal in rock gardens. They are planted in well-drained soil with their base watered once dry. They grow beautifully in light shade to full sun.

Zinnias

  • Zones – annual
  • Height – 20 to 24 in.
  • Colors – shades of white, pink, yellow, red, and orange

zinnia flowers

Zinnias bloom in the summer season and are available in various shapes, such as poms, spiders, dahlias, and daisies. They like rich soil and require moderate water. They grow best in full sun and attract butterflies.

Nasturtium

  • Zones – annual
  • Height – 8 to 10 ft.
  • Colors – shades of cream, orange, yellow, and red

nasturtium flowers

Nasturtium flowers are colorful that grow fast. They bloom between May and September and require well-drained soil. Their flowers and leaves are edible. They should be planted in full sun and require regular water.

Impatiens

  • Zones – annuals, but can be perennials in zones 10 to 11
  • Height – 6 to 24 in.
  • Colors – Multiple

Impatiens grow continually from June to frost. They attract birds and perform well in full or part shade. If they are planted closer, they will most likely grow even taller. They should be kept moist but be careful not to waterlog them.

Cosmos

  • Zones – annual
  • Height – 18 to 60 in.
  • Colors – white, orange, and pink

Cosmos flowers

Cosmos bloom in the seasons of fall, spring, and summer. They grow fast and aid in repelling mosquitoes. They prefer well-drained soil and grow better in sandy or dry gardens. They must be grown in full sun.

Marigolds

  • Zones – annual
  • Height – 6 to 36 in.
  • Colors – shades of gold, red, and yellow, and mixed

Marigolds

Marigolds bloom in the seasons of fall, spring, and summer. They grow fast and aid in repelling mosquitoes. They prefer well-drained soil and grow better in sandy or dry gardens.

Pansies

  • Zones – annuals, can be grown as biennial/perennial in zones 6 to 10
  • Height – 6 to 9 in.
  • Colors – Multiple

Pansies

Pansies thrive in warmer areas and will bloom through winter and early spring. They prefer well-drained soil and will require regular watering. They bloom in partial shade or full sun and will attract butterflies.

Sweet Peas

  • Zones – annual
  • Height – 3 to 8 ft.
  • Colors – white, red, purple, pink, and blue

Sweet peas

Sweet peas are fragrant flowers that bloom in the spring and through the summer in hot climates, and until fall in cold climates. They prefer well-drained soil and should be kept moist with water at their base. They grow best in full sun and will require support from a trellis or fence.

Snapdragons

  • Zones – annuals, can be perennial in zones 5 to 10
  • Height – 6 to 15 in.
  • Colors – violet, purple, peach, red, white, pink, peach, and yellow

Snapdragons

Snapdragons are famous in cottage-style gardens and like well-drained soil. Their base requires regular watering and will grow best in full sun. They attract butterflies.

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