There’s a reason I’m mentioning this one first. It’s so common because it’s such a good flower to plant. They are easy to grow, so get the kids in on the action!
The botanical name for these is Helianthus. From the Greek “Helios” who was the God of the Sun and “anthos” which means flower. Whilst they can grow up to 3m tall, most varieties you will find will be around 1m or 50cm.
2. Nicotine (Nicotiana)
An unfortunate name for a wonderfully scented flowering plant. These make excellent bedding plants. Nicotiana produces large clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers. There are 67 known cultivars of Nicotiana known to exist. Some ranging from a few inches tall to some up to 5 feet, so you could place them at the front or back of your bedding, depending on the variety. They love full sun!
Zinnia flowers are one of the easiest plants grow, grow quickly, and bloom heavily. They make a massive burst of colour in your garden, and they attract butterflies. They even last great as a cut flower if you want to bring them inside!
There are many varieties to choose from so you can choose the perfect colour or flower shape for you.
4. Calendula (Pot Marigold)
Despite not being a Marigold, they bear the common name. It’s a fast growing annual which produces a mass of brightly coloured yellow or orange flowers. Pot marigold florets are edible. They are often used to add colour to salads or added to dishes as a garnish and in lieu of saffron. Loves the sun!