To me, gardening is one of the best and most productive hobbies a person can have. Just consider all of the benefits. For starters, it’s a great hobby where there’s plenty of room for advancement and learning – and isn’t that what we want out of a hobby? Some room to explore and grow? Plus, it allows you to beautify your home with some lovely flowers. Or, if you’re concerned about GMOs (and who isn’t?), you can grow your own vegetables in the backyard.
Perhaps that’s why gardening is such a popular hobby. According to the National Gardening Association, in the United States, gardening is a $2.5 billion industry. If you’d like to join in on the fun, here are 38 flowers you can start out with:
- Low-Maintenance Perennials
For those of you unfamiliar with the lingo, perennials are flowers that last for more than two years. Therefore, they’re easier to care for, since you don’t have to worry about replanting. According to the website Flower Gardening Made Easy, there are no less than 26 perennials that are considered “easy-care.” That means they’re long-lasting, resistant to pests and disease, and able to tolerate most climates. Some options for this category include globe thistle, cranesbill, stonecrop and yarrow (you can see the entire list here).
- Annuals to Benefit the Pollinators
If you have a vegetable garden, then you’re going to want to attract some pollinators (like bees) in order to help the garden flourish. The website of Mother Nature Network (MNN) provides a list of nine annuals (short-term growers) that aren’t too difficult to start from seedlings. It includes long-standing classics like sunflowers, poppies and marigolds. All would be very attractive in a flower bed (see the whole list here). Most of these annuals will do just fine in poor soil and virtually all climates.
- And Some Special Pretty Flowers to Spice it Up
Beyond the lists above, there are still even more flowers that you can plant without too much trouble. For instance, the veronica (speedwell) is a tall plant that features a 7-inch blueish spike at the top (neat!). Or you could try the purple cornflower, which has purple petals and a large orange-ish center. If blue/purple isn’t your style, then consider the vibrant chrysanthemum: these flowers come in orange, red, yellow and white (and yes, also purple).