13 Can’t-Kill Flowers for Beginners

Do you think you are a brown thumb? Try these easy-to-grow, can’t-kill beauties and watch your beginner’s thumb turn green.

Do you think you are a brown thumb? Try these easy-to-grow, can't-kill beauties and watch your beginner's thumb turn green.

1. Sunflowers

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Sunflower seeds are large and easy to handle, so they’re great for children or beginner gardeners. ‘Shock-O-Lat’, shown here, has giant, chocolate-brown blooms with golden tips. You can find sunflowers in many different sizes and colors; they grow happily in sunny gardens.

2. Zinnia

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Look for zinnias in almost every color except blue; they’re also available in a variety of heights. The flowers may look like daisies or dahlias, spiders or pom poms and more. Plant them in the sun and space them as directed on the seed packet or label; good air circulation helps prevent disease.

3. Marigolds

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Cheerful marigolds are easy to grow in sunny spots, brightening your garden with shades of yellow, red and gold as they bloom all summer long. African or American type marigolds grow 3 to 5 feet tall, but you can find shorter and more compact varieties.

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