Growing flowers from seeds is an inexpensive and great way to grow annuals (plants that only live for one year). However, just because you plant them once doesn't mean you'll have to re-plant them each. Some plants self-seed quite easily and will come back year after year with very little effort on your part. Many of these flowers also attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, to your garden.
These brightly colored annual flowers produce many colorful flowers that attract butterflies and bees. They self-seed easily, adding beautiful flowers to your garden year after year. Cosmos are especially great for growing in hot, dry climates. They are low maintenance, and the flowers last a long time. You'll also find they work quite well in cut flower arrangements.
This plant has several names, including "Love in a Mist" and "Devil in the Bush." Nigella has very delicate, intricate flowers with feather-like foliage. While it self-seeds easily, this plant does not grow well in high heat. Ensure you keep it cool and well-watered, and you'll have blooms during the spring and early summer. This plant works well to fill in gaps or empty spaces in your garden and can help it look more lush and green.
These stunning flowers with papery thin petals are a great addition to any garden. They produce a large seed pod that allows them to grow back year after year, despite being annuals. You'll notice fuzzy stems and buds that open up into bright red-orange flowers and then turn into unusually shaped seed pods, making these plants interesting at every stage. Make sure to give them plenty of room to grow, and keep your eye out for garden-friendly insects such as bees and butterflies who are attracted to these flowers.
Bright yellow with dark centers, these daisy-like flowers are easy to grow and will re-seed year after year, so you don't have to worry about replanting them. For those in dry climates, Black-Eyed Susans are a great option as they don't need water frequently once they're established. You'll get these bright, sunny flowers from June to August to attract and feed pollinators.
While many plants in this list are quite tall or have long stems, Forget-Me-Nots are the opposite. These small, blue, dainty flowers form a carpet of blossoms in the spring. These are best kept in a damp, shady area with rich soil. If you enjoy pressing flowers for craft projects, Forget-Me-Nots are a great option. Planting these in large groups will produce beautiful foliage. Deer generally won't eat these flowers, but bees and butterflies love them.
Dianthus, or Sweet William, flowers are quite striking. They are often multi-colored. The shape of the petals is reminiscent of pencil shavings, but these clusters of flowers are quite fragrant and a popular choice for adding color to the garden. Dianthus grows well in well-draining soil but prefers to be watered regularly. They can grow in partial or full sun in moderately warm weather.
The colorful flowers of Verbena last a long time and are popular plants for pollinators. You'll find these flowers in purple, pink, blue, peach, and even combinations of colors. These flowers form in small clusters but will nearly cover all the foliage at peak flowering in the summer. Verbena is generally considered to be drought tolerant and grows best in full sun.
Alyssum, Lobularia maritima, is a popular drought-tolerant plant that easily self-seeds each year. It is known for having a sweet fragrance and small, delicate flowers. While not a typical groundcover, Alyssum is great for filling in gaps in your garden and works well along borders and walkways. It spreads easily, so be sure to cut it back or remove some plants if you find it growing anywhere you don't want it. You'll find Alyssum flowers in a variety of colors, including white, purple, and pink.
These intense blue and purple flowers might look a little scary close-up, but they are highly attractive to bees. Add the fact that they're self-seeding, so you only need to plant them once, and you're on your way to a beautiful bee-friendly garden. Borage is actually an herb, so you can eat both the flowers and leaves. They make a great addition to salads or to make a dessert look fancier.
Love In A Puff
Also called Balloon Vine, Cardiospermum halicacabum (that's a mouthful) is a unique self-seeding vine that grows well along a trellis. It's best to grow this plant in full sun and well-draining soil. Water frequently to keep it looking healthy. The balloon-like seed pod will drop a number of seeds to keep this plant growing year after year. In addition to the lantern-shaped seed pods, this plant will also produce small white flowers.
Butterflies Can't Resist These Flowering Plants
Watching butterflies around your garden is a great way to relax and unwind. Encouraging these beautiful insects to come into your yard is as simple as growing plants they're attracted to. While nearly any flowering plant will bring butterflies into your garden, the plants in this list are tried-and-true butterfly favorites.
12 Popular Plants to Absolutely Avoid Growing In Your Garden
While gardening can be fun, make sure you avoid the plants on this list unless you want a headache. Some plants can become quite invasive, and others have roots that can destroy the foundation of your house or break up sidewalks. Keep these plants out of your garden, and you're on your way to a more pleasant and low-maintenance gardening experience.
The Worst Gardening Mistakes Beginners Make Regularly
Gardening is a lot of fun but can also be quite overwhelming if you're just starting out. Naturally, new gardeners often learn from what they see more experienced growers doing. Sometimes this can lead to mistakes as beginners don't have the same knowledge and experience. These mistakes can be avoidable, but you have to know what to look for.