Okay, so not all of us have green thumbs. Everyone wants a beautiful garden, but if you’re gardening-challenged, you’re lucky just to have a garden at all in the summer. Wilted, unhappy plants are just your gardening life, and leaving the sprinkler system on constantly just doesn’t seem to help. For these kind of challenges, we’ve put together a list to end your gardening woes. These flowers can take the heat and require little care in return, leaving you with a happier, healthier, and stress-free gardening experience.
Flowers You Couldn’t Kill If You Tried:
1. Spider Flowers
These flowers bloom in beautiful rose, pink, purple, and white colors, growing up to 3 to 5 feet. They’ll grow almost anywhere with almost any kind of treatment. On top of that, they’re simple to grow from seed. If you’re looking for a plant that can take some abuse, this is the one. And don’t worry; they don’t attract spiders.
2. Cypress Vine
Cypress vine produces beautiful scarlet colored star flowers. This vine will grow anywhere from 6 to 25 feet high, and can take most conditions, including heat, rain, sun, and even some shade. It grows from seed and self-sows. If you’d like one in another part of your hard, however, resist the temptation to move it around; this plant resists transplanting. Instead, dump some seeds on the ground and wait for it to grow.
Amaranth is a popular southern garden species, growing anywhere from 18 inches high to 6 feet, depending on individual species. The bunches of flowers bloom red, orange, gold, green, and purple, meaning you can decorate your garden with a vast array of colors. This is another plant that you can’t move around, so directly seed any spot you hope to grow a plant in. Amaranth also isn’t particularly fond of wet soil or shade, but you don’t see us complaining about that one.
4. Butter Daisy
Butter Daisy is a super easy-to-grow annual which excels in heat and dry conditions. It can grow anywhere from 8 to 24 inches tall and wide, and its flowers resemble yellow daisies. Full sun conditions are its bread and butter, so plant it somewhere sunny and forget about it. This is another one you won’t have to worry about watering, because it does best in well-drained soil.
Cosmos are actually known for their ability to grow in the absolute worst conditions for many flowers. Hot and dry are its favorites, and it thrives in tough summer climates like Texas, Georgia, and Arizona. Their size varies depending on what type of variety you get, but you can get sizes anywhere from 4 inches to a whopping 3 feet tall. The flowers cut well for bouquets, and it re-seeds easily. Color varieties include red, white, yellow, gold, crest red, candy stripe, pink, dark pink, and more. This plant produces enormous amounts of flowers, so you’ll never have to worry about a bland garden again.
Gazanias are a familiar perennial grown as an annual in many warmer climates. These flowers come in a host of colors including pink, orange, yellow, and white. If you’re looking for flowers with a twist, these close at night. They prefer sun and dry soil, meaning it’s pretty hard to take these flowers out.
7. Phlox ‘Intensia’
This incredible flower will bloom from March until July before resting, and then blooming again. Some varieties of these flowers will skip the resting phase, blooming throughout the spring and late summer. This garden bouquet grows 10 to 12 inches tall and wide, and comes in light pink, white, lavender, lilac, neon pink, dark pink, and striped varieties. If you want to start a butterfly garden, this plant can be the one to do it, as it attracts butterflies.
Sunflowers are a summer classic, and we’re used to eating their seeds, but they’re often neglected as a garden staple. They shouldn’t be. The sunflower can grow up to 10 feet tall, making for incredible coverage in summer months. If a flower that tall just isn’t for you, there are dwarf varieties that will only grow to 10 inches tall. You can get these in more than just the traditional yellow colors. Sunflowers come in orange and red hues, as well as ‘fluffy’ varieties of the flower. And you can eat the seeds. Not a bad deal.
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If you’re looking for a healthy garden filled with animal life, look no further than zinnias. These flowers attract a wide variety of butterflies, insects, and birds, including hummingbirds. Some varieties can grow up to 16 inches tall, and the flowers bloom at an enormous 3 inches. The color variety here is nothing short of fantastic, as the flowers come in cherry, white, orange, pink, and yellow. There’s also a variety that blooms constantly in a mound of flowers. Avoid the pink variety though, as it can’t last past 90°F.
10. Texas Bluebells
This Texan classic grows best where even the nights are a bit warm. It can be grown for use in bouquets, as the stem is long and easily cut. At a height of up to 3 to 4 feet, the tulip-shaped flowers bloom in blue-purple, pink, or white. It will produce blooms all summer long if old blooms are cut away.