Flowers are one of the easiest ways to add color to your home. For individuals out there that might not have the best track record with plants and don’t want to mess with more involved landscaping and plant care, here are some of our favorite, easy flowers to grow in planters.
With small cheerful flowers, impatiens are sure to brighten up any spot they’re placed. A resilient annual flower, they’re able to thrive in both shaded and sunny conditions. They are easy to grow but can be sensitive to a lack of water. Be sure to water regularly, especially if there are warmer conditions. With proper care, they’ll sprout beautiful blooms all season long.
Heat tolerant with minimal watering requirements, petunias offer a wide variety of colorful flowers without complex care. Though they prefer five to six hours of full sun per day, they don’t require constant watering. Allow the soil surface to dry between watering sessions to avoid root rot. For the best blooms, add fertilizer to the soil every so often.
Smaller marigold varieties are perfect flowering accents for your home. Reliable bloomers, they can thrive in conditions not fit for other plants. They are able to flower in direct sunlight, heat, and even in low-quality soil. When putting marigold plants in a plant pot, be sure not to place them too close together, as they need space for their roots and air circulation. Water marigold plants when the top few inches of soil is dry. Proper drainage and sunlight are key to making sure these golden flowers can flourish.
With large, ruffled blooms, begonia flowers can add pops of color to your more shaded spaces. Shade, paired with moderate temperatures and regular watering, is key for these tropical flowering plants to thrive. Plant in a well-draining potting mix, and let the soil dry out slightly between watering for best results.
If you need a low-maintenance, sun-loving plant that will also attract butterflies, zinnias may be the perfect choice. These lovely flowers come in a variety of colors and sizes and are very easy to grow. However, shorter varieties are often a better choice for container gardens. Give these flowers lots of sun, and water them when the first few inches of soil has dried out.
6. African Violets
The purple flowers of African violets make for a lovely display in any space and are incredibly easy to maintain once you learn how to care for them. Simply place them in a spot with indirect light, and make sure they stay watered. Proper moisturization is key to ensuring the purple flowers make an appearance. Pair with a self-watering planter to make care for this already low-maintenance plant even easier.
Daisy-shaped and available in a wide variety of brilliant colors, aster flowers are a beautiful addition to your garden and a great pollinator for butterflies and bees. Aster flowers flourish in full sun and with draining soil. Use a plant pot with plenty of space to allow their roots to grow. Water regularly, especially during warmer weather, but keep in mind that asters prefer soil that is a bit drier.
With bright, multi-colored flowers, pansies add a colorful dimension to your interior and exterior spaces. Pansies typically prefer a lot of sunlight and moist soil. Be sure to use a draining potting mix as well as a planter with drainage holes. Pansies are also able to flourish in colder weather, so it’s easy to enjoy their blooms beyond the regular growing season.
Small, delicate blossoms are a defining feature of cosmos, and would make a wonderful addition to any space. A very easy flowering plant to maintain, these flowers have minimal care requirements. These flowers prefer warmer temperatures and a fairly sunny location to thrive. Only water when the first two inches of soil are dry, then drench the soil and allow the extra water to drain through. Cosmos plants are drought-resistant, but be diligent when watering as extra moisture may cause root rot.