Gardening is a vibrant activity for anyone to enjoy the outdoors. It’s creative, therapeutic and a fun excuse to get outside and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air. Gardening is even a way to socialize with friends and create beautiful, edible art!

Don’t think you have what it takes to maintain a garden? Think again! These 7 plants are a perfect start for any first-time gardeners.

1. Daylilies

Daylilies are considered one of the easiest flowers to grow. In fact, they are often known as “ditch weeds” because they grow wild in many places, especially alongside roads.

They’re perennials, which means they’ll come back every spring without having to be replanted. They tolerate many different soil conditions, especially soils with good drainage. They’re also drought-tolerant once they get established. Daylilies are even resistant to most common pests and diseases!

They come in many colors and tend to grow quickly to fill the space they’re provided. You can even get varieties that bloom continuously for months or bloom for a second time in the fall.

2. Geraniums

There’s a good reason why geraniums are considered a favorite of gardeners everywhere. They love the hot weather here in Florida and tend to hold up well in dry conditions. Although they’re usually grown as annuals, you can bring them indoors during the winter, and they can bloom all year long if they have enough light indoors.

Geraniums come in a vast range of colors, including oranges, pinks, purples, reds, and white, so it’s easy to find one to fit your garden’s color palette. They also come in a variety of shapes and bloom sizes. All you have to do is stay on top of deadheading them and feeding them!

3. Sunflowers

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t love sunflowers. They’re big, bold, beautiful, and striking. Some varieties can reach 14-feet tall or even taller! They’re simple to grow from seed—just sew them straight into the soil in a sunny spot that’s sheltered from the wind.

Keep in mind, if you want your sunflowers to grow tall, you should think about supporting the stems as they grow for the best results. Grow them right, and they’ll reward you with beauty and tons of seeds you can toast or replant next year!

4. Mint

Mint is one of the easiest plants to grow. Not only can you put a fresh spring in your iced tea, it goes great with lamb, pasta salads, desserts, and so much more! It’s a deterrent to pest insects while attracting pollinating bees, helping your garden flower and thrive. It even helps deter deer from getting too comfortable in your garden.

There are multiple varieties of mint, including the well-known peppermint and spearmint. Mint tolerates all kinds of soil conditions and water conditions. They do grow best in containers, which can help keep them under control—if you plant them in the ground, they might try to take over your garden!

Be sure to plant your mint in full sun or partial shade and keep it well-watered for the best growing and tastiest results. Pick your mint in the mornings, before it gets too hot outside, and try to pick it before the plant blooms.

5. Lavender

Lavender is beautiful too look at, fragrant to smell, and delicious in cooking as well. It tends to thrive even in poor soils, as long as it gets good drainage. It’s disease-resistant, deer-resistant, and highly tolerant to heat and humidity, making it a great plant for us here in Florida. Lavender blooms gorgeous purple flowers, and its oils are prized for being soothing for insect bites and having a calming scent.

Be sure to plant your lavender at least 2-3 feet apart, keep weeds to a minimum, and make sure the roots don’t stay wet. The best time to harvest the stems is when roughly half the flower buds have opened.

6. Marigolds

Marigolds are a fast-growing flower that’s easy to plant from seed. They love to be planted in sunny areas with good soil drainage. You can find varieties that are small or tall, so they’ll fit anywhere in your garden. You can even plant marigolds with your tomatoes to keep away pests like blackflies and greenflies! Plus, they grow very quickly, so you won’t have to wait long to enjoy their beautiful, colorful flowers.

7. California Poppies

The California Poppy is a perfect flower for a beginner gardener. That’s because they’re happiest in poor soil and hot, dry conditions, so they’ll be fine if you forget to water them. As long as they get full sun and good drainage, they’re a hardy plant that thrives in rock gardens and any forgotten corner of your garden. Just scatter some seeds, and they’ll just about take care of themselves!

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