Plants for Backyard Gardens

A backyard garden is more than a way to landscape your property. Plant sweet-smelling flowers and herbs for an aromatic breeze, fruits and vegetables for sustenance, and perennial bloomers for cost-effective simplicity. Tailor the plants in your backyard garden to your family's tastes and interests as well as for ornamental beauty.


Perennials are plants that reappear in your garden year after year. Perennials that bloom generally do so at least three weeks. Perennial plants are more cost effective than annual plants, plus perennials offer the benefit of plant multiplication. After perennial have been established, typically three years, you can divide them to share with friends or to expand your backyard garden. Examples of perennial plants include peonies, carnations hydrangea, rhododendron, sweet pea, clematis, primrose, columbine, violets and gladiolus.


Annual plants for a backyard garden bloom only for the duration of one season, but the plants bloom continuously during that time. Springtime blooming annuals include dianthus, bachelor buttons and alyssum. Annual plants that bloom in the summer include petunias, geraniums and begonias. Fall blooming annuals include pansies, panolas and snapdragons.


Growing a backyard vegetable garden is a smart way to hedge ever-increasing food prices. Plant the vegetables that your family loves best and get the kids involved in the growing process. Easy-to-grow choices for backyard gardens include corn, zucchini, onions, squash, carrots, cucumbers, green beans and sweet pepper.


An herb garden is an aromatic addition to any backyard. Herbs have many uses, from medicinal to culinary. Rosemary, thyme, basil, sage and lavender are all valued for their culinary, aromatherapy and medicinal properties. Some herbs naturally grow well together including basil, lemon balm, cilantro and oregano. Other herbs that you can plant side by side include sage, thyme and germander. Ornamental herbs include Thai basil oregano, mint and lavender. Some herbs also help deter insects. Plant marigolds to repel insects in your vegetable garden and catnip to repel mosquitoes and other pests around your home.


Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries are examples of fruit that you can grow in a backyard garden. Other fruit producing plants include watermelon, cantaloupe, tomato, grapes and raspberries. Fruit trees that you can plant in a backyard garden include lemon, peach, cherry and apple.

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