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Friday, August 8, 2014

What Flowering Plants are Easy to Maintain?

Many times the best plants to grow are those that are easy to plant and require very little maintenance. Whether you are looking for shrubs or taller plants, easy to grow plants of different types can be found in the anywhere.

Lilacs are a great plant to grow. They can be left to grow tall for use as a natural privacy fence between neighbors or pruned into smaller bushes to add a colorful spot in your landscape.

Lilacs do not need to be watered frequently, but if you have a long dry spell, a ground soaking watering now and then is important.

Adding a general fertilizer to your lilac will increase its growth and add to the size of the blooms. This only needs done once a year.

If you want to change the look of your lilac, a colored mulch can be piled around the base of it. Consider the color of your lilac when choosing a mulch color to make sure they work well together.

Sunflowers are another easy to grow plant. Although most sunflowers are yellow, recent years have seen the emergence of red ones. Seeds are available that produce different sizes of flowers and that grow to different heights as well.

Seeds for all sunflowers are sown no more than one inch deep. They do not have to be watered often, but when they are, it should be a soaking watering to encourage the roots to grow deep for the plants' stability. When growing the taller varieties, plant the seeds next to a wall or sturdy fence to assist in keeping the stalks upright.

Depending on the variety being grown, the flowers may produce seeds that are edible. The seeds do require some drying time once they are harvested and may be roasted and salted according to taste.

These versatile plants can be the best plants to grow to have bright spots of color in your landscape with very little time investment. A little watering and trimming when needed will keep beautiful plants in your yard all season long. Both lilacs and sunflowers look lovely in our wrought iron planters for those of us that prefer a potted garden.


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