Choosing No-Fail Plants

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated October 29, 2014)

Who doesn't want to have a beautiful garden, particularly one that doesn't require a whole lot of work? One of the keys to having a truly successful garden lies in choosing no-fail plants. Now keep in mind that no plant is truly fail proof, as each will require at least a modicum amount of care on your part. When I say no-fail plants I actually mean plants that will thrive in your garden, and seem to flourish with little or seemingly no care on your part.

To be able to begin choosing no-fail plants, you will need to first know your area. This means that you know what the average temperature, rainfall, soil type, and all the other little details that make up the region of the world that you live in. To make the task of choosing no-fail plants a little easier, here is a list of some of the general areas of the United States, and some of the plants that will work best in them. Use this list as a starting point, and utilize it to help you plan your perfect "no-fail" garden.

  • North. The North can present unique difficulties with its extremes in weather. This means you should choose hardier plants such as the shasta daisy, dahlia, astilbe, blue star, and trillium.
  • South. If the Midwest is humid, then the South can only be described as very humid. If you happen to live in this climate, then you should choose plants such as lily turf, ajuga, obedient plant, crinum, and canna for your garden.
  • East. The East can provide some unique opportunities for growing. In fact, generally speaking, you can mix and match several different zones quite easily. For example, you could plant veronica along side the blue star, as well as some canna and crinum to get an interesting look for your garden.
  • Midwest. If you were going to pick a single word to describe the Midwest, then it might just be humid. Plants such as peonies, hollyhock, daylily, and hibiscus will all thrive in this climate.
  • High West. When you live in a beautiful area of the country that has high mountains and plains, such as Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado, then you need to have some equally beautiful plants. Some of the best choices that you can use for gardens in these areas would be plants like rocky mountain columbine, sedum, liatris, Russian sage, and fireweed.
  • Southwest. While you could always stick with cacti for your plants in the Southwest, there are other options as well. For example, you could plant datura, Mexican tarragon, salvia, and western columbine to get a beautiful and textured garden.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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