Flowers add a beautiful touch to the home landscape, but not everyone enjoys yard work or landscaping. However, they still want flowers in their yard. The solution to the dilemma lies in easy to plant and care for flowers. Local home and garden centers carry a large assortment of these flowers for every season.
Marigolds, the classic border plant, appear in garden centers in spring and bloom until the first frost. Plant them in the ground with an all-purpose potting mix. Marigolds come in yellow, cream and orange. These easy-to-grow annuals like moist soil and full sun. Keep marigolds blooming by regularly deadheading spent blooms.
Petunias grow in average well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Deadhead petunias for continued growth, and water every day during hot weather. They tend to get leggy in extreme heat, so you may need to trim them back by mid-summer. They'll reward you with a profusion of new blooms. They come in shades of pink, blue, crimson red and white.
Plant pansies in the spring. Pansies are an annual, cool-weather plant. This staple for the spring garden grows to a height of 5 to 10 inches. Plant them 6 to 8 inches apart in well-drained, fertile soil, rich in organic matter. Keep them evenly moist by applying mulch. Pansies sometimes last through the summer in the humid climate of the southern United States.
Gerbera daisies, in their striking colors of red, yellow, orange and pink, stand-out as border plants. Plant them in spring, and enjoy the blooms until fall. Plant gerbera daisies in potting soil with a multipurpose fertilizer. Keep gerbera daisies moist in hot weather. They do best in gardens that get afternoon shade.
Sweet pea vines climb to 5 feet or taller. They come in early-flowering strains, spring-flowering strains and summer-flowering strains. This vine does best in cool weather climates. Your success with sweet peas depends on choosing the right strain for your climate. For regions with extreme summer heat, plant seeds as soon as the soil is workable along a fence or trellis in well-amended soil (soil with decayed vegetation). These sweet-smelling flowers like moist but not saturated soil.
Sow zinnia seeds directly in the garden in May for colorful blooms July through October. Zinnias are one of the easiest annual flowers to grow. Thin seedlings out when they start to crowd. Zinnias have the added benefit of being maintenance free. Typical colors are red, yellow, pink, scarlet, orange, lavender, purple and white. The Envy Double has double green flowers. Plant zinnias in well-draining soil and full sun. Thin seedlings out when they start to crowd. Add compost if you have clay soil. Water once a day in extremely hot weather. Fertilizer isn't necessary with this annual.