Want to perk up your balcony, patio or garden with summer flowers that add tons of color and fragrance? We’ve rounded up the easiest flowers to grow in your yard—ones that thrive even if you, ahem, don’t have the best track record with green things.
Just remember that easy doesn’t mean no maintenance (if only!). You still have to water your flowers when first planted and during dry spells (say, it hasn’t rained for a week). It’s also important to choose plants that like the light conditions you actually have. If you’re not sure, watch your space for a few days at different times of day. Full sun means an area gets at least 6 hours of direct sun; part sun means about half that. And full shade means your space gets no direct sun, or only a tiny bit of morning sun. It’s a waste to spend money on a shade-loving plant, then allow it to fry in the hot sun. Ditto on sun lovers, which won’t thrive or bloom in shade.
That said, here are our favorite flowers that are super-easy to grow in containers and beds: