8 Easy Plants for First Time Gardeners

8 Easy Plants for First Time Gardeners

If you are a first-time gardener, it can be intimidating to know what plants to purchase and, even more important, which ones you’ll be able to keep alive. Below are some of the easiest plants you can grow. However, it’s important to note that even though these eight plants are easy to grow, they still have their own unique needs to flourish. 

  1. Pansies

Pansies add pops of color to your yard. There are more than 300 varieties of pansies that exist. In the cold, pansies do best in direct sunlight, but if it is warm, it’s recommended to plant the flowers in a way that they have a few hours of shade each day. 

  1. Daylilies

Daylilies are easy and beautiful flowers. They are perennials that can be planted in the spring and grow for years to come. Daylilies tolerate heat, as they need lots of sunlight but also need lots of water. Daylilies need to be planted in nutrient-dense, well-draining soil. 

  1. Sunflowers

You might question the ease of growing sunflowers because they look complicated, especially the large, tall ones. Despite their size, sunflowers are all easy to grow. They don’t need much in the way of fertilizing. They require and thrive in direct sunlight. 

  1. Marigolds

Marigolds add vibrant colors to your garden. Gardeners usually get their seeds by purchasing them in packets. You just need to cover the seeds with a small amount of dirt and not let the dirt get too dry. In exchange for this minimal effort, you’ll get vibrant flowers. 

  1. Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomato plants are small and manageable to grow. They need consistent watering and full sun. To grow healthy tomatoes, you should fertilize them every 1-2 weeks once flowers begin to show. 

  1. Cucumbers

Just one plant can produce a lot of cucumbers. They can take up a lot of space, so make sure you plan out and have enough space for their growth. These plants need full sun with frequent watering.

  1. Carrots

While carrots take a long time to mature, the end result is worth the wait. Carrots are like cherry tomatoes in the fact that they grow in full sun and need consistent watering. One tip to remember before picking the carrots is to allow the top of the carrot to poke through the soil. 

  1. Basil

Basil offers many possibilities for cooking uses, one being used for pesto. Basil requires full sun exposure with frequent watering. Once there are leaves on the plant, you can pinch leaves off the stem weekly for constant harvesting throughout its lifetime.