10 Perfect Flowers For Anyone Without A Green Thumb

Flowers are a great way to brighten up your home, garden, or just someone's day. However, like most things, the planting and upkeep of flowers can be a lot of work. If you're someone who doesn't feel like they have a knack for gardening, you might think it's a waste of time to try planting your own flowers, but there is hope! Not every flower out there requires a whole lot of skill and time to keep alive–there are plenty of them that are fairly self-sustainable while also being beautiful and colorful. Even the brownest of thumbs will be able to take care of these easy flowers.

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10 Nigella

Keeping flowers alive is hard enough, but planting certain types of flowers can be tricky. With the Nigella flower, also known as love-in-the-mist, though, you don't need to worry about any of that. To plant this flower, just sprinkle some seeds on loose soil and let the flower do its own thing. While the plant looks dainty and fragile, it is pretty resilient. Even better, when the seasons change and the flowers fade, it will seed itself so when spring comes again you'll have more pretty flowers without having to do any of the work!

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9 Columbine

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Sun or shade, rocky or moist, the columbine (Aquilegia) will prosper in almost any garden. They're pretty easy to grow from seeds, as soon as they're big enough you can transfer the plant from the plot to the ground and let the flower grow and prosper. This flower is very hardy so it would be a great addition to any rock garden. They come in almost every color imaginable and they are self-seeding so there isn't much work to keep these colorful bonnet-like flowers blooming year after year.

8 California Poppy

Watering flowers can be a pain, and it's sometimes easy to forget about it. Unless, of course, gardening is your favorite thing ever. If that's the case then the California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is perfect for you. To plant it, all you need to do is spread some loose seeds on the soil. They thrive in poor, dry soil so if you're not that great at upkeep or don't have a great garden to start with, these flowers will be able to give your space a pop of color without a lot of upkeep. This plant is also self-seeding, so you'll be able to get more of the same beautiful flowers without having to do a lot of extra work.

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7 Marigolds

If you live in a sunny place, then marigolds (Tagetes) are the way to go. They are easy to plant and will last the whole summer, even when it gets super hot. Once planted, it doesn't take too long for beautiful, colorful flowers to bloom and give your garden a nice pop of color. Since they thrive in the heat, it makes sense that they don't require a whole lot of watering– in fact watering them too often might actually hurt them more than help.

6 Impatiens

Impatiens are not only beautiful and come in a wide range of colors, but they are also pretty easy to maintain. The best way to plant them in your own garden is to buy some at the store and plant them later. All they really need to keep going is a little bit of shade and enough water to keep the soil moist. They don't like the cold, though, so wait to plant these flowers until it gets relatively warm.

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5 Geraniums

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Simple from start to finish, geraniums are a great flower that is hardy and requires very little care. They are easy to grow from seeds, but it's even easier to grow them from bare roots. After they are planted, they're self-seeding so you'll be able to see these flowers in your garden every year. They cover a lot of ground and wander through borders, which means that if there are enough geraniums in the garden, you won't need to weed–which means less work to do outside. If outside gardening isn't your thing at all, they also do great as houseplants.

4 Pansies

Pansies (Viola tricolor var. hortensis) are pretty much the classic garden flower and it's no wonder because they are surprisingly easy to manage. They do best in moist, fertile soil and like the full sun, but they can handle a little bit of shade. All you really need to do once they're planted is to keep watering regularly. To maximize blooms, deadhead the faded flowers. In more mild climates, pansies may also last all the way to the fall and early winter months.

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3 Sunflowers

There's almost nothing as exciting as a sunflower (Helianthus) and they're so easy to grow that even a kid could do it. For something as large as a sunflower, you would think that it would take a lot of work to keep these flowers so large and bright, but growing these plants is quite simple. All it really needs is a lot of sun, sheltered soil, and a support stem to guarantee that these flowers will grow tall and strong. Some flowers can grow up to 14 feet tall! Even better, their seeds are quite a tasty snack.

2 Daffodils

These golden, sunny flowers are a lot easier to keep in your garden than you might have thought. Once you plant daffodil (Narcissus) bulbs in the fall, all you need to do is sit back, relax, and watch them pop out of the ground in the early spring. You can keep them in a sunny, partly sunny, or container environment and they will do just fine. Daffodils can pretty much go anywhere in a garden, and most gardeners like to plant a ton of them.

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1 Sweet Peas

Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are great to use as cut plants. The best part about having your own is that you basically have an endless supply of them, since the more flowers you cut the more the flower will be encouraged to grow since they are a climbing plant. To plant these flowers, you will either need to sow the seeds or buy sweet pea plug plants. After that, it just needs some sun, a supportive fence, and regular watering. Just watch out for slugs and other pests –usually, a plastic cover will do the trick.

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