New gardeners can quickly become overwhelmed by all that goes into simply keeping their plants alive. Climate is obviously the biggest factor, and it’s a good idea to look at the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to determine if any plant you’ve got your eye on will struggle to survive in your climate zone. However, if you’d prefer not to worry about climate, try growing one of the plants listed below. Just be sure to stick with plants that are native to your region.

pink and white climbing roses behind a bed of red roses in a rose garden


A favorite of gardeners everywhere, there are so many varieties of roses that you will be able to grow at least one type successfully, no matter where you live.

red-orange daylilies


Daylilies will grow just about anywhere their seeds land. They are insect resistant and can withstand periods of drought, and different varieties bloom at different points in the season.

blooming pink sedum


Resistant to disease, drought, bugs, and cute animals that enjoy flowers as snacks, sedums will happily grow for years on end once they’re established. Sedum flowers also draw in bees and other pollinators, so they’re an especially great addition to large gardens.

a field of purple and white peonies


Peonies can survive even the coldest winters, and their bright, colorful flowers will continue to bloom year after year with minimal care. While they don’t do as well in warmer regions, planting peonies in a shady area increases the likelihood that they will blossom.

coreopsis wildflowers


One of the longest-blooming flowers, coreopsis is very easy to grow and makes for beautiful ground cover. Deer tend to leave the blossoms alone, but they invite butterflies and birds. Learn why you want birds to visit your garden.

carpet of pink and purple creeping phlox


Phlox varieties range from low-growing ground covers to plants that sprout up to eight feet tall; all produce colorful, aromatic flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Phlox is very easy to care for, and many types have been bred to be mildew resistant, allowing them to flourish in humid locations.

moss growing on a rock and the surrounding ground


It may seem like a weird plant to intentionally grow, but moss makes a lovely—and beneficial—addition to any garden. Mosses prevent erosion, and while they do not have roots themselves, they help rooted plants to establish themselves more firmly. Moss species number in the thousands, so more than one is likely to grow in your area.

It’s a delight to watch something pretty sprout from a plant you’ve grown yourself, especially when the process feels easy, like it should when the climate is on your side. But just because a plant is difficult to grow in your climate doesn’t mean it can’t be done. If you truly love a flower or tree that thrives in a climate very different from yours, don’t give up! Try growing it in a greenhouse or indoors, or contact a local Best Pick landscaping company for advice.

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