Easy care flowers for beginner gardeners that can take your landscape to the next level. Perennials are some of the best flowers to add to your garden because they will come back year after year. You can get more beauty and color in your landscape with minimal effort.
Catmint is a perennial that produces a mound of pretty soft gray-green leaves. The leaves have a minty smell especially when they are rubbed.
The smell helps the catmint be resistant to deer and rabbit damage. This is a great quality for gardeners growing flowers in an area where wildlife is common.
Depending on the region you are growing Catmint, it can start flowering in May. The flower produces attractive spikes of tubular lavender-colored blooms. The flowers bloom and cover up the spike over time.
Catmint is a great landscaping plant because it can stay in bloom through June depending on the weather.
After blooming care is easy, just shear up the spikes just below the flowers. If you deadhead them in time, you’re likely to get some reblooming later in the summer.
Catmint is also great at attracting bees. Catmint can also thrive in hot dry areas where other plants struggle.
It is also a great companion plant for other flowers. Catmint also seems to be tolerant to small sizes of hail. A great quality depending on the region you want to grow them.
Some of the best Catmint cultivars that you should consider are Little Trudy and Walker’s low. Little Trudy grows to about 1 foot tall and wide while Walker’s Low grows to around 2 feet tall and wide.
I love these two cultivars because they are sterile. They won’t spread in your garden like some of the older varieties and go out of control.
May Night Salvia
May Night Salvia produces a mound of deep green leaves during spring. In May, it produces spikes of deep bluish-purple blooms.
This perennial is one of the great easy care flowers for beginner gardeners. The flower is reliable. It can grow in almost all conditions. It can grow in sandy soil as well as heavy clay soil. It can also grow in a moist location as well as locations that are a little dry.
It performs well year after year. If you want secondary blooms, cut off the spikes of spent blooms. It’s important to note that the secondary blooms are usually smaller.
May Night Salvia is available in a variety of flower colors including pink, blue, and white. There can also be found in cultivars that are differentiated on size.
The May Night Salvia is also a great flower for attracting bees and butterflies. For gardeners who want to attract them, you will not go wrong.
One of my favorite cultivars is the electric bluish-purple May Night Salvia. You can also try the Sensation Rose Salvia.
Moonshine Yarrow is one of the most adaptable perennial plants. This makes it one of the best easy care flowers for beginner gardeners.
It is also a great choice for gardeners who struggle growing other plants. The Moonshine Yarrow will thrive regardless of where you grow them.
It’ll grow in a low-water location as well as garden locations that receive regular moisture. It’s tough to kill a plant that is an extremely low-maintenance plant.
Moonshine Yarrow produces a soft mound of feathery gray-green leaves during spring. During June and July, it produces flat-topped yellow flower clusters. The blooms last long up to a whole month.
I love the yellow flower clusters, they are bright and light up any landscape. They also create a beautiful contrast with the green foliage both from the plant itself as well as other surrounding plants.
The plant grows to about two feet tall and wide. Moonshine Yarrow is a sterile cultivar and won’t spread where you don’t plant it.
Red Valerian is also called Jupiter’s Beard. It is a long-blooming plant that is perfect for gardeners with limited space. If you can only plant a few plants, this is a great choice.
It produces attractive clusters of reddish-pink flowers in June and continues to bloom throughout the summer. You should deadhead the spent blooms to prolong the flowering period.
Red Valeria can tolerate a hot sunny location as well as a location that gets high levels of moisture. It can adapt easily to different conditions.
The plant produces pretty smooth waxy looking blue-green leaves. It grows to be about two feet tall and wide.
The perennial is also resistant to deer and rabbits. However, it’s also very attractive to butterflies and bees.
The Red Valeria can be found in the white-flowered cultivar. I prefer the traditional reddish-pink flower type.
Daylilies require consistent moisture for them to thrive. Other than that, they are very low-maintenance flowers. Similar to other flowers in the lily family they have long narrow grass-like deep green leaves.
The leaves are super attractive and the plant looks great even when it is not in bloom. They look great planted along the front of garden beds especially when they’re growing in groups.
At around June, Daylilies start to produce large flowers on the ends of sturdy stalks. Each stalk usually produces several flowers. The blooms also have a nice fragrance.
Most of the Daylilies varieties only bloom once, however, some cultivars rebloom throughout the growing season.
Stella D’Oro is one of the most widely planted Day Lily. It’s slightly shorter than some of the other cultivars. It grows to about two feet tall and wide.
It is also loved because it is a reliable rebloomer. It has pretty soft yellow flowers that work well with other plants and flowers growing around them. Check this post on growing Day Lilies.
All these flowers Catmint, May Night Salvia, Moonshine Yarrow, Red Valerian, and Day Lilies can be grown in groups or combined with other plants.
If you are a beginner gardener, try combining several of these plants and extend the flowering season in your landscape.
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