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8 Yard Flowers We Swear You Won’t Kill

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Kara
08.07.15

Nothing says, “I don’t have control over my life” like a bunch of dead plants in your front yard.

So what’s the average black-thumb gardener to do?

Turn to one of these eight flowers. We promise they won’t die on you, except under extreme circumstances:

1. Sunflowers

Sunflowers are great plants to have kids help grow, and it’s a lot of fun when they grow 10 feet tall! All you need to do is sow sunflower seeds into a sunny spot in your backyard, and they will take off on their own.

2. Marigolds

The best flower for impatient gardeners is definitely the Marigold. These low-maintenance annuals can start sprouting beautiful blooms in a matter of days and work great as border plants along the edge of your property.

3. Coneflowers

Coneflower is actually the common name for five types of plants from the Asteraceae and Proteaceae families. These prairie flowers can thrive in both full sun and partial shade. Birds love them and – best of all – they come in a bunch of different colors, such as yellow, purple and red.

4. Zinnias

These easy plants are great for landscaped yards or container gardens. Just water them when the soil feels dry and they’ll handle the rest themselves. You don’t even need to prune dead leaves from them if you don’t feel like it!

5. Cosmos

This plant is one of the easiest to grow from seed. Buy a pack at the local garden store, plant them according to the packet’s directions and in just a few weeks you’ll have a spectacular show of bright flowers in your yard. Cosmos are annuals, but they actually tend to reseed on their own!

6. Pansies

Don't be fooled by the name, pansies are stronger than most flowers! (They’re actually tough enough to grow in the winter.) Simply plant pansies where they can get the most sun and they’ll usually thrive.

7. Petunias

If you’re a bit on the forgetful side, this plant is perfect for you. Petunias only need to be watered once a week or so because they’re resistant to heat. Plus, they can be planted in both full sun and partial shade.

8. Californian Poppy

If poor soil quality is to blame for lackluster plants in your garden, try the Californian Poppy! These flowers love low-quality, dry soil and full sun. Scatter poppy seeds where you want them to flower and you’re done. Talk about low-maintenance! 

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