Some people pore over catalogs for months; some people head to the garden center and buy what wows them. Either method works if you choose plants adapted to your climate, your soil, and the amount of sunlight in your garden. You can even surf the Internet for plants to purchase. Here are a few easy-to-grow plants for beginners:

  • Annual: cosmos, marigolds, impatiens, geraniums, Calendula, sunflowers, and zinnias
  • Perennials: Russian sage, lamb’s-ears, black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, phlox, pansies, and daylilies
  • Vegetables: lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers