- Learn why zinnias, sunflowers, and nasturtiums are perfect plants for beginner gardeners to start with, and how they can add color and attract pollinators to your garden
- Discover the versatility of easy-to-grow vegetables like zucchini, kale, and green beans, and how they can enhance your cooking and overall garden health
- Learn which two easy-to-grow herbs I include in every garden (and the bonus herb for cool climates)
- Find out how incorporating flowers can bring added joy and happiness to your garden, and create a space that brings you years of pleasure and satisfaction
The best flowers and veggies for beginners
Are you ready to embark on your gardening adventure but unsure of where to begin? Today, we’ve got you covered with our top 10 easy-to-grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs that will help you create a flourishing garden in no time.
From zinnias, sunflowers, zucchinis, and kale, to the benefits of growing flowers for added joy, this article guarantees you’ll walk away with a plan in place to kickstart your successful garden journey. So, grab a notebook, gather your gardening tools, and let’s get planting!
One of the easiest flowers to grow from seed, zinnias come in a wide range of colors and are excellent for attracting pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. They make excellent cut flowers, so you can enjoy their beauty both in your garden and inside your home.
A classic garden plant, sunflowers come in a variety of styles and colors. They are fast-growing, low maintenance, and provide a pop of color and height to your garden. Sunflowers are also great for attracting pollinators and birds.
Known for their versatility and ease of growth, zucchinis are perfect for beginners. They can be used in both savory and sweet dishes, making them a valuable addition to your garden.
This nutrient-dense superfood is easy to grow in containers or in-ground beds. Kale is versatile and can be used in salads, smoothies, or cooked dishes.
A fragrant and flavorful herb, basil is perfect for use in various dishes such as pesto, pasta, and pizza. Basil plants love heat and will grow all summer long if provided with the right conditions.
High-yielding and multi-purpose, tomatoes are a great addition to any garden. It’s best to start with a seedling for tomatoes, especially if you’re short on time.
These edible flowers are easy to grow and can serve as a trap crop, keeping pests away from your more valuable plants. They come in so many different colors and are attractive to pollinators.
Cucumbers are easy to grow and can be used in a variety of dishes, from salads to pickles. They grow well in containers or in the ground and typically have low pest pressure.
9. Green Beans
These fast-growing, high-yielding plants can be grown as bush or pole beans. They are low maintenance and can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups to salads.
A fragrant and flavorful herb, chives can be used in various dishes and are easy to grow. It’s best to start with a seedling for chives if possible.
If you’re in a cooler climate or planting during the fall or early spring, cilantro is another easy-to-grow herb that can be used in a variety of dishes.