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Types of Garden Plants

Different Types of Garden Plants for Your Garden Space

While most people think about a garden space as an area that is for vegetables, herbs, and fruits, there are actually many types of garden plants that need to be considered as well.

Not only are garden plants a fabulous way to add beauty to your yard but they also help the environment in your home space for insects and animals as well.

If you’re hoping to add a variety of garden plants to your garden space, there are a few simple tips to know before getting started.

It’s entirely possible to set up your yard in a way that you can grow food and beautiful plants, both. Because who really wants to choose if they don’t have to?

Different types of garden plants to grow

What are the Easiest Plants to Grow?

When you’re just starting out, figuring out what you can grow in your available space is going to be key.

And this is especially true if you’re a beginner gardener and wanting to have a quick win. Some of the easiest plants to grow are:

And those are just a few. However, it is extremely important to understand that just because a plant is easy to grow doesn’t mean that is all that you have to think about.

A lot of times, the easiest plants to grow are also the ones that can easily overpower and overtake a space as well.

Bamboo, for example, is actually very invasive, and if you’re not careful, it will take up all your garden area as well as start to grow in your yard.

While easy to grow garden plants might be what you want, do your research even further to see the likelihood of them growing past what you have the space for, too.

What Plants are Good for a Small Garden?

As you know, it’s important to plan for your garden in a way that allows for the space that you have.

If you have a small garden space, you need to have the proper plants for that type of space. The best plants for a small garden include:

  • Sedum Purple Emperor
  • Hydrangea arborescens

Those are two plants that I would recommend starting with since they are easy to maintain and super simple to grow.

How Many Types of Plants are There?

Just because I find this quite fascinating, there are almost 400,000 different types of plants in the world.

And what that means for you is that you get to narrow it down and choose the few that will do well in your garden space in the climate and area that you live.

I actually find this quite comforting because that means that there are plenty of choices to choose from!

Where can I Buy Garden Plants Online?

This is a great question. Some people don’t have access in their town or location to head to the store and buy plants, but that leaves them scratching their heads and wondering where in the world they can buy their plants online.

Some of the top online plant websites are:

And these are just a couple of choices. The great part about buying online is that you also get to read reviews from others who have purchased and get tips that they’ve learned as well.

However, even though online buying can be great, it’s always better (in my opinion) to buy local so that you can see the plants and talk to someone who has had a hand in raising them from a seed.

Even big-box stores have people working in their gardening section that is typically quite helpful and can help answer questions that you might have.

Types of Garden Plants to Grow in Your Yard

Now that you know a few extra details about garden plants, here are some other flowers and plants that you might want to consider adding to your gardening space.

As always, make certain that they’re what you like and are good for your area and climate.

Starting your own flower garden or even vegetable garden really does depend on choosing the best plants for success.

Perennial Plants

If you’re wanting a garden plant that you won’t have to replant over and over again, perennial plants need to be on your radar.

They’re literally as simple as planting once and letting them continue to grow each time the growing season comes around.

While they will go away during the winter months (here are some winter blooming bulbs you may want to grow), they should be able to start blooming again in the spring, summer, or fall.

This will continue to occur as long as they’re able to germinate each and every year.

Some examples of perennial plants are:

There are actually several options for perennials to plant so make certain that you find ones that you enjoy the color and smell of as well.

Annual Plants

Just as there are plants that will continue to grow back on their own, there are many more gardening plants that you’ll have to plant each and every year.

These plants are known as annual plants and as mentioned, are ones that you’ll have to prep and plant each and every year.

They are only good for one growing season.

Some examples of annual plants are:

  • Geraniums
  • Cosmos
  • Impatients
  • Chickweed

And those are just a few examples. Vegetable plants that you’re planting in your garden are considering annual plants as well since you have to replant your garden each season, too.

Specific Garden Plants for Outdoor Gardens

These are just a few plants and flowers that will do well in your outdoor garden area. Many of them can also be grown in flower beds and even boxed window planters, too.


Make certain that you give them space as they can get really tall!


This is a super simple flower that you can plant without worry.


Simple to grow and beautiful, too.

Creeping Thyme

These grow really well in flower beds as well so you have options with this simple plant.


Great smell to this plant and also a fairly simple herb to grow.


Planting herbs in your garden space is always a winning choice because many of them are super low maintenance and will grow easily.

One thing to keep in mind though is that mint is actually quite an invasive herb and needs to have its own space and not be near other plants.

If you happen to plant mint near other plants, there’s a good chance there will be issues and the surrounding plants may not make it.

Cilantro is actually one of the easiest garden herbs to grow and it also gives a pleasant smell, too.

Now that you know about what gardening plants to plant in your garden, it’s time to make a plan and decide what you’re going to do.

As with anything that you’re planting, you need to be certain to give each plant enough space so that the roots have room to grow.

Also, just as equally as important, is that you need to ensure that there is adequate sunlight and water drainage so that they have access to all the resources that they need to thrive.

Do you have any idea of what garden plant you’re going to plant in your gardening space first?

Types of plants to grow in your garden

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