10 Cheap, Useful Plants Anyone Can Grow (Part II)



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Spring is as good as sprung, and yesterday we introduced the first five of 10 of the easiest, least expensive and yet most useful plants you can put in your garden.

Today, we’ll finish that list in a grand flourish with a mix of easy-to-grow herbs and flowers. So, here’ we go:

6. Basil

Some say it’s the easiest herb to grow in any garden, and for the money it’s worth giving it a try. Basil is a snap to grow from seed and a little goes a long way, so you’ve got nothing to lose and basil to gain.

7. Poppies

Poppies are the stuff of poems for the likes of luminaries such as Keats and McCrae, and rightly so. They’re bright, beautiful and simple to grow. (Rhyme? Check!) Although they are annuals, they are very likely to reseed on their own, which makes them ideal for beginners looking for easy planters that have a chance of coming back next year.

8. Coneflower

Coneflowers are a perennial in the daisy family and come in an array of vibrant colors. They’re easy to grow, are tolerant of hot, dry weather and, as an herbaceous Echinacea, are often used as an herbal remedy. Plus, they’re known to attract butterflies, which is a beautiful bonus.

9. Dahlia

Dahlias can seem intimidating with their large, flowering blooms bobbing on long and delicate stalks, but they're actually quite tough and grow well in a range of temperatures. They do need to be staked once they start getting tall, and direct sunlight will produce more and bigger blooms, but they’re stronger than they look and do well with only moderate care.

10. Mint

Last but not least is mint – an easy-to-manage perennial that’s best started in spring from either seed or a young plant. This stuff grows so easily, in fact, that it will spread if you let it. Different varieties include spearmint, peppermint and pineapple mint, and all are simple to start and enjoy.

A lot of people may wish you luck in your spring gardening this year, but with these 10 beauties luck should be the last thing you need.

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