Seed List for the Garden

For beginner gardeners, deciding what to plant in your garden can be a daunting task. Do you want vegetables and fruits? Or just flowers? What about herbs? Even for small garden spaces, you can have a variety of these plants in your garden with a proper seed list. You can choose from literally hundreds of plants, but in order to have a mix of varieties, as well as accommodate small to large spaces, it's important to take into consideration what would be the best choices for both your style and your climate.


Vegetables are an ideal addition to any garden, especially when it comes to saving money at the grocery store or perhaps feeding your family organically. There is a collection of general, popular vegetable seeds that are great for beginners. A lot of them can survive all year round, or are planted each season, and are easy to maintain. Pick your favorite, or try a mix --- many companies sell mixed packets for summer and winter gardening. Radishes, salad greens (such as spinach, romaine, or arugula), green beans, peppers, onions, or potatoes. If you have room for a trellis, try zucchini or squash.


If you plant vegetables, you may as well plant some fruit, too. These can grow faster then vegetables and provide fragrant blossoms. They can also require a little more attention. Strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and rhubarb are ideal to grow. If you have a lot of room to plant a garden, add fruit trees. They provide shade, lovely blossoms, and a delicious fruit harvest ranging from apples to citrus to avocado to peach.


Many herbs are easy to grow, and it is smart to grow herbs that you will actually use often in cooking or other household ways. This is because many herbs can flourish and rapidly take over a space. Some of the most common herbs that are easy to maintain include basil, chives, mint, rosemary, oregano, parsley, thyme, sage, lemon balm, chamomile, garlic and dill.


If you don't want to plant anything for consumption purposes, flowers are a great way to create a garden. You can choose from several types, whether they bloom once a year or year-round. These flowers will add fragrance, splashes of color and beauty to your landscape. Common annuals include poppy, pansies, calendula, nasturtium, and dianthus; while popular biennials include foxgloves and sweet William. Ideal Perennials include Forget-Me-Nots, Columbine, delphinium, bleeding heart, daisies, autumn joy and primrose. You can also plant bulbs which are very low-maintenance, such as crocus, iris, tulips, daffodils or lily.

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