The best plants for beginners

This year more and more people are discovering the joys of playing in the dirt. However, it’s not as easy as chucking soil around and calling it a day. The right plants and the right knowledge can be the difference between The Garden Of Eden and a barren wasteland. So we’ve put together the best plants for beginners, as well as our planting 101 tips, to help out the new budding gardeners of the world,


Extremely easy-to-grow bulbs. Daffodils can be planted anywhere, from containers to scattering around lawns. They also naturalise in the garden from blooms year after year. The perfect bulbs to get your kids into gardening!


Sedums are amazing, easy to grow perennials. Once planted, they require little care—simply water if they look dry and cut back plants after flowering to maintain their shape.


Growing lavender is easy and rewarding. Lavender can be grown in garden beds or in pots. All you need to know to grow lavender successfully is that they needs well-drained soil and full sun. 


With beautiful foliage and textures, ferns are easy to grow and require little maintenance. Most ferns thrive in sunny or shady spots making them ideal plants for beginners. Perfect for growing in pots and hanging baskets.


Looking to grow your own produce? Rhubarb is one of the easiest crops to grow for beginners. All they need is an open, sunny site with moist, but free-draining soil. You can even grow them in pots!

Planting 101:

If you’re knew to gardening, there are a few basics to know when growing plants, such as their likes for different things (water, sunlight, soil type, etc.). Here are a few of the basic ingredients:

Sun ☀

Plants are pretty magical, as they harness energy from the sun and, through photosynthesis, convert that energy into their tissues. Because plants need the sun to grow, many of them, including most fruits and veggies, need a good amount of direct sun during the day.

Have a shadier plot? Research which plants prefer shady conditions if you have less light available. There are many shade-loving varieties, such as ferns, anemones and heucheras.

Water 🌧

Plants rely on there being a good amount of water available nearby to stay healthy. In many places, it may be necessary to water your garden regularly in order to keep plants happy.

Nutrients and soil 🤎

Plants need nutrients, lots of them. We always recommend planting in “fertile” soil — nutrient-rich bounties of growth for new plants. You might need to add nutrients manually if you’re new to gardening. This can easily be done by buying compost from your local garden centres.

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