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16 Easy Plants for Beginner Gardeners

Any newbie to DIY gardening is bound to benefit from this guide, whether you want to learn how to grow vegetables, flowers, herbs, or succulents!

Updated August 03, 2020
16 Easy Plants for Beginner Gardeners

For beginners, gardening can be a little scary, especially when you aren't sure what plants you should be buying. Luckily, there are gardening tips and plants for beginners that will not only get you used to gardening, but get you ready to take care of a wide variety of plants as well. Some plants require copious water, which will get you used to checking on plants daily. Others require a lot less, which will ease your fears about plants dying because you forgot to water them one time.

One of the first things to determine when starting your garden and buying plants is: where are you planting? Below are numerous outdoor and indoor plants, as well as plants that can work in either setting. Some plants need more sunlight than others, and thus you have to think about what kind of sun exposure your garden will get.

For outdoor planting, you might have multiple places around your yard that might get more shade or sun depending on their location. Most indoor plants depend on windows, so it's important to understand how much sun comes in through your windows to pick plants that will work best in that environment.

Herbs are very easy to care for, which appeals to many new gardeners. The vegetables shown below are also easy to care for and will provide you with food for your family for years to come. Succulents are popular plants that require less tending to than many other plants, and are great for new gardeners who worry about forgetting to water their plants. Many gardeners want to add flowers to their gardens, but don't know where to start. Our selection of beginner flowers will help you beautify your space without stressing you out.

However, all these plants are for beginners. You've likely been thinking about gardening already, and know a little of what to expect. Different gardeners like different things, but whether you want to eat what you grow, have a colorful garden, or load your house up with succulents, there's something in this guide for you!

Growing Herbs in Pots for Beginners

Herbs are a great place to start for any beginner gardener, for many reasons. You'll love being able to use herbs you grow in dishes you cook, and it'll save you a few trips to the grocery store that you wouldn't otherwise have to make. Herbs are a great addition to any dish, and some of the easiest to grow are basil, chives, and oregano.

As some herbs act similarly to weeds, such as oregano which will grow all over your garden even if you swear you only planted it in one place, planting herbs in pots or planters is a great starting point for beginners. Planters are also useful if you think you realize your herbs aren't getting enough sun, because they allow you to move the plant around without any hassle.

Flower Gardening for Beginners

Flowers are a great way to bring beauty into your new garden. There are countless varieties to choose from, whether annual or perennial, climbing or ground cover, to name a few distinctions between flowers. Some of the easiest to grow that will stay with you for a long time are hostas (which are more like plants that flower) and hydrangeas. However, there are also many flowers that you can buy already blooming and plant right away that will make you feel accomplished over your beautiful garden. 

How to Grow Succulents

Even if you aren't already a gardener, you've probably heard of succulents. They're incredibly popular indoor plants that many claim are the best plant for beginners. There are countless varieties, which is great if you learn to love succulents but want to vary how your indoor garden looks. Below are guides to everything you might need to know about succulents, from how to grow them to how to differentiate between the types. There are many plants that are similar in aesthetic and ease to succulents, such as air plants and cacti. Thus, we've added some tutorials for how to grow those plants as well below!

Easy Vegetables for Beginners

While all plants are rewarding, growing vegetables is one of the best things a beginner gardener can do. Being able to eat what you grow makes you feel incredibly accomplished, and will save you lots of money in the long run. Some vegetables are more difficult to grow than others, but there are a number of easy vegetables for beginner gardeners to grow. You could make your own salad with this collection of veggies!

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