Gardening can be a fun way to get outside and cultivate flowers in just about any landscape. Beginner gardeners, as well as children, benefit from starting out with annuals and flowers that are easy to plant. New gardeners will gain confidence and skill by choosing plants that produce bright colors and an endless supply of blooms throughout the growing season.
Zinnias are one of the easiest annuals to plant and grow. These flowers feature a wide range of colors including red, orange, pink, purple, white, gold and even green. According to Iowa State University Extension, zinnias can be sown by seed directly into the ground, as well as started indoors or transplanted. The web site suggests planting zinnias 6 to 8 inches apart to avoid overcrowding, which can cause disease. Otherwise, zinnias are resilient garden flowers that, once established, are drought tolerant. In addition to being easy to plant and grow, zinnias are often used as cut flowers and dried flowers.
Impatiens reign in shady gardens where they add color and texture in areas where little else will grow. They are also popular because they are very simple to plant and care for. These annuals offer a variety of colors including lavender, white, red, pink and salmon. The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture states that impatiens prefer moist soil and shade, but are otherwise maintenance-free. These annuals will tolerate a limited amount sunlight, preferably morning sun only.
Cosmos, like zinnias, are sun-loving annuals. These flowers are often found in roadside gardens across the United States because they grow in a variety of soil conditions. Cosmos offer bright colors, including pinks, orange and white. This Mexican native is drought tolerant once established and will produces all summer long. Cosmos grow as tall as 3 feet with discrete threadlike leaves.
Sweet Peas are an old-fashioned flower that offers bright and frilly flowers that tend to vine and climb, but are simple to plant. According to Washington State University Extension, sweet peas are easy to grow if given proper growing conditions. They need cool, moist soil that is well-drained, and they require some sort of structural support, such as a fence, trellis or post. In addition to their frilly and showy blooms, sweet peas can be used as cut flowers because they will live for several days in water.