12 Colorful Flowers to Grow in Your Garden If You’re a Newbie

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Have you always wanted to have a beautiful garden full of colorful flowers but don’t know the first thing about gardening? Is your curb appeal, well, less than appealing? You might have been feeling more inspired lately to get out in the dirt and plant some of those gorgeous plants you’ve seen hanging from shop windows. Maybe you want to emulate your neighbor’s cute mini-garden that adorns the sides of her walkways. But where do you even start?

Even if you have the notorious “brown thumb” and can’t keep anything green alive, there’s still hope! Just in time for the growing season, we’ve compiled a list of 12 beautiful, can’t-kill flowers you can grow in your yard this year!

Begonias – They might be pretty, but they sure are tough! They’re also quite versatile. You can dangle them from hanging baskets on your porch, perch them on top of your stoop in pots, or plant them in your garden beds. Give them sun or shade and they’ll give back by providing stunning blooms all summer long!

Blanket Flowers – Blanket Flowers – a.k.a. Gaillardia – are native to many regions in the United States and just love sunshine. If you like butterflies and have a good amount of sunshine coming through somewhere in your yard, you can plant these flowers easily. Enjoy their lovely blooms from early summer into the fall!

Cosmos – These daisy-like flowers aren’t just cute – they’re super easy to maintain! They grow in practically any type of soil (even poor soil) and tolerate drought whenever they’re up and growing. Think about growing them on the east side of your home so that they receive full sun and have a chance to enjoy afternoon shade as well.

Daffodils – Every year when spring begins to tiptoe back into our lives, you’ll see vibrant daffodils spring forth from the ground in colorful blooms. These plants are excellent for beginners! Plant these hardy bulbs in a sunny or partly sunny spot in your garden or containers and watch them pop up in the spring. They’re best planted in the fall, so be sure to grab some once the seasons change!

Daylilies – Got some sunny spots in your yard that are just begging for flowers? Daylilies are the perfect solution! They can be planted in almost any type of soil, too, so long as it drains easily. As your daylilies grow and sprawl, you can divide them and expand your garden effortlessly as well.

Geraniums – These perky flowers are super-versatile and can grow in gardens, pots, hanging baskets, and window boxes. Best of all, they’re very low-maintenance and will bloom from spring until frost! Like cosmos, be sure to grow them in a spot that gets full sun and a bit of afternoon shade to shield them from the hot summer sun.

Impatiens – Don’t be fooled by the name! Impatiens are actually quite content and ask very little of you other than a shady spot and some water. These annuals come in a variety of colors and are sure to add much-needed curb appeal to your yard. Plant them once there is no threat of frost and watch them grow!

Marigolds – From cheerful yellow to vibrant red and beautiful gold, marigolds are very easy to grow and a pretty sight to behold! Plant them in sunny spots in your garden to bring some color and life to your yard!

Pansies – These flowers make excellent additions to your garden and will bloom while the weather is cool, in spring, and in the fall. In fact, if you mulch them for protection, they can even overwinter in warmer regions! All they need is some sun and soil that drains easily – easy!

Snapdragons – These flowers have a punch of personality and will even attract butterflies to your garden! Snapdragons will begin to bloom heavily and stand up to the unpredictable weather that spring and fall can bring.

Sunflowers – Big, bright, and full of life, sunflowers are surprisingly easy to grow and maintain! You can find them in several different sizes and colors, and they will grow well in sunny spots in your garden.

Zinnias – Available in various heights and in just about every shade (except blue), zinnias are charming little flowers that thrive in the sun. Do make sure to space them as directed on the seed packet label. This will ensure that they remain strong and healthy all season long!

What are your favorite plants to grow in your garden? Do you have any additional easy-to-grow flowers that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Memorable Ways to Welcome a New Neighbor to the Block

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It’s finally happened – that “for sale” sign on the lawn next door or across the street has suddenly been adorned with a “sold” sign. Before too long, you will be meeting your brand-new neighbors!

Getting to know your new neighbors is something worth doing. It makes them feel more included and it can also help establish a friendship and a way for you to look after each other’s home. If you’re not sure where to even begin in helping your neighbors feel at home, read the 5 tips below to get some ideas!

Introduce Yourself – First and foremost, take the time to walk over and introduce yourself. Tell them your name and where you live, ask what brought them to the neighborhood, and try to establish common ground, whether it’s kids going to the same school, being a pet lover, or having a penchant for cookouts. You can also stop by briefly during moving day with water bottles in tow. Just tell them your name and that you live across the street or in the house with the blue door. It will help them remember where you are in relation to their new home.

Bring Over a Nice Treat – It’s always nice to receive a homemade treat as a way of welcome when you’re new. Break out your favorite recipe and make something you think would be enjoyable. If you’d rather steer clear of any possible food allergies your new neighbor may have, you can try putting together a gift basket with coupons to local stores and restaurants or bring over an easy-to-care-for houseplant (like a philodendron) for them to enjoy.

Host a Dinner Party – After your new neighbors have had a few days to settle into their new surroundings, invite them over for a dinner party. Try inviting a few other neighbors over so that your new neighbors will have an opportunity to meet more people and make new friends.

Create a Neighborhood Safety Directory – It’s likely that your new neighbor has no idea the phone numbers to call in the event of an emergency. Put together a list of all the neighbors’ addresses and phone numbers, along with the addresses and phone numbers of the police department, fire department, government offices, and possibly the schools and local doctors. Keep this information together by placing it inside a 3-ring binder.

Put Together a List of Local Services – When you’re new, you probably don’t know where to go for the best services. Help your new neighbor out by compiling a packet that has takeout menus of the best restaurants in town, library locations, information for the local gym, and the phone numbers of the local handymen and professionals. You can either put this together in a binder or glue the information on a magnet that can be placed on the fridge. Don’t forget to include what day trash pickup is and dates on any special events in the neighborhood like the block-wide yard sales!

What do you do to welcome your new neighbors? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page! If you’re looking for a new neighborhood to move to, call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! You can also check out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.