The 6 Best Plants for the Worst Gardeners

Even if you love plants, you may not have what it takes to be a gardenista. Some people just don’t have the knack to grow green. But don’t worry, there are a few plants that will thrive in anyone’s care. Here are the 6 best plants for the worst gardeners.

Spider-PlantSpider Plants are mostly green with some white stripes on their long grassy leaves for which they are named. They make great houseplants and prefer cooler temperatures (about 55°-65°F) and need well-drained soil. In fact, it’s not a big deal if a novice gardener forgets to water – drying out between waterings can be good for the spider plant. Moderate sunlight is good – but steer them clear of the midday sun. The spider plant is very sturdy and can withstand the neglect of the worst gardeners.

Philodendrons are very easy-going and adaptable plants; they can make a home outside or inside as long as they get bright, indirect sunlight, not too much water and the occasional fertilizer feeding. Philodendrons are vining or climbing plants and may need a pruning every now and then, but the heart-shaped leaves are a charming addition to any vertical space – they can take hold of walls if you allow them to grow.

Rubber Tree plants have unusual, stiff leaves that are quite sturdy and would be great for the outdoors, but they prefer the tranquility of the indoors. They require regular houseplant soil and indirect sunlight with a weekly watering. Because rubber trees don’t need damp soil, missing a watering periodically isn’t a death sentence for the plant. They bounce back quickly and can brighten even the darkest corner of a home.

BromedliadsBromeliads and air plants are tropical and sub-tropical plants that prefer shade, but grow well indoors or outdoors. In the wild, bromeliads grow on trees, but trees are not their source of water. Bromeliads have small root systems and hold water reserves in their leaves which means they can easily be mounted on wood rather than potted. Part of the bromeliad family is the tillandsia or air plant. It doesn’t require soil because it absorbs food and water from the atmosphere. Bromeliads and air plants don’t need much traditional watering, but they may need an occasional misting.

Jade plants are succulent plants and native to the desert – which means no care is enough care. They have a shallow root system and because they are dessert dwellers, when there is no water around, they sort of go to sleep; when the rain comes, they wake up, perk up and grow. They’re not indestructible, but jade plants are pretty hard to kill.

celosiaCelosia is great indoors as well as outdoors and has brilliant red, yellow or pink plumes to add flare to any greenery. It grows easily from seeds and prefers sunny, hot and humid conditions as it has tropical heritage. It’s an easy plant to take care of – just make sure the soil drains well, and you’ll have a thriving plant for as long as you keep watering it.

Keeping plants isn’t just a hobby or means to add elegance to your home; plants filter our air and they are good for our brains. You may not be the greatest gardener, but it’s not reason enough to keep plants out of your home.

6 Container Garden Ideas

So you’re late to the party this summer with gardening. That’s OK. A container garden can be an anytime garden. Here are 6 container garden ideas to try:


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Effortless Herbs

Herbs are relatively easy to grow in containers – whether you want to go small with a window box or you want a big display with a wood pallet herb garden. Herbs are great for small containers because their roots aren’t extensive – which also makes them great for creating big, full containers. They do require a lot of watering. The soil should always be moist, but not wet – drainage holes in the container help with this. If you love having fresh herbs in the kitchen and lovely plants on the patio, a cute herb container garden will satisfy both of those needs.

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Tomato Temptation

Tomatoes are excellent for container gardens. They’re beautiful in a hanging planter or they can dress up an old bucket. Large containers are best for tomatoes – they need lots of food from nutrient-rich soil (fertilized soil is best), so if you can fit a lot of soil in a container, your tomatoes will grow to be plump and juicy. Tomatoes need about eight hours of sunlight per day for a great harvest – so making a mobile tomato container garden allows you to move your plant to where the sun is shining.

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Sucker for Succulents

Succulents are great for people who love plants but aren’t good gardeners – they don’t require watering more than about once a week. They’re usually found in arid climates and do well in the desert because they retain a lot of water (think: cactus). They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, so finding a container a cute succulent will work well in shouldn’t be a problem – even a wine bottle cork would do.

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Flowing Flowers

A well curated garden can make any container look beautiful – even an old suitcase. Marigolds, violas and pansies are all colorful and work well in container gardens. Petunia and its miniature cousin, Calibrachoa, are also great for creating container gardens with character. The calibrachoa tend to sprawl with its tiny flowers and make overgrowth elegant.

Hanging Happiness

Like paintings on an interior wall, hanging container gardens raise your outdoor décor to eye level. A hanging plant adds color, texture and personality to any porch, deck or window. The cascading geranium is a classic choice for hanging plants. The delicate blossoms of lobelia and the droopy but dainty fuchsia add color while draping from high up. However, hanging container gardens require a bit more maintenance – they lose more water to air and gravity than a container on solid ground so hanging containers need vigilant watering.

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Terrarium for the Timid

If you’re not ready to commit to a full container garden, a terrarium in a jar is a great introduction to the world of

gardening. They can be big or small, indoor or outdoor, winter or summer. They’re easy to build – it’s just a matter of layering charcoal and potting soil – and upkeep is minimal. Regular watering and trimming maintain their contained charm.

Getting a container garden together doesn’t require too much thought or work; if motivation is keeping you from gathering the supplies, think of the delight a new garden will bring you and you’ll be building your gardening this afternoon.

Happy gardening!