Planting flowers in a yard is by far the easiest way to add color, texture and sometimes fragrance to an outdoor space. Yet, with the multitude of choices of available, gardeners can easily become overwhelmed. It’s important to first know your growing zone to determine what grows best in your region. Carefully evaluate your growing conditions as well as the amount of time you have or are willing to invest in caring for your flowers and you are well on your way to choosing the best flowers for your yard.
Some plants will thrive—or even require—in a shady spot. If your front yard is canopied with trees, you can still add color there. Pansies are a popular and easy option for plants to grow in the shade. Snapdragons and begonias are two other annuals to consider for very shady spots. Lily of the valley does nicely beneath evergreen trees and offers the added benefit of a fragrant bloom.
Flowers planted in full sun must be able to withstand the heat and often dry conditions that go along with planting in such an area. Daylilies are one such flower that can not only take the heat, but will grow well in a range of soil conditions. They work well in containers or along borders, making them ideal an ideal option for a front yard. Threadleaf coreopsis is another easy-to-grow, sun-loving flower that is good for edging a path in even the poorest soil.
Low Maintenance Flowers
If you long to spend more time enjoying your flowers than maintaining them, then consider the following options. Catnip is among the easiest and most fragrant perennials available to plant in a yard or garden. The only maintenance it requires is to be cut back in the fall and divided every few years. Hostas are also a popular low-maintenance choice with their wide range of green colors. Just know that deer and slugs are fond of the plants as well. Coneflowers will display your choice of many colors throughout the summer—purple, pink, white, yellow or orange—and ask for little more than to be deadheaded at the end of the season.