Whether you’re getting a late start to your garden this year, you’ve just moved, or you’re simply too impatient to wait for a bright and colorful yard, do not despair! These ten gorgeous plants make great garden additions, and grow incredibly fast. With the proper amounts of sunlight, soil nutrition, and water, you can have a beautifully blossoming garden in a few short weeks with these ten fast-growing garden plants (in no particular order).
1) Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
The Calendula is a genus containing 12-20 species of herbaceous plants in the daisy family. Calendula officinalis, also known as the pot marigold (not related to other marigolds) is a fast-growing annual that requires little maintenance. Some varieties are known to reach up to 30 inches tall, with 4-inch leaves and 2-3-inch wide flowers. In nature, the color of the flowers ranges from off-white and yellow to bright orange.
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendula
2) Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica)
The heavenly bamboo is the only member of the Barberry family, and is a fast-growing suckering evergreen shrub. It’s not actually related to bamboo, yet grows easily and quickly, similarly to its namesake, up to 7 to 8 feet tall.
Additionally, bamboo is a rapidly growing plant that requires very little maintenance, and makes for a great addition to gardens, though without the rainbow of colors offered by other varietals. It is often used to block wind, fend off pests, or add an oriental touch to any backyard.
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandina
3) Knock Out Rose (Rosa Radrazz)
Rosa Radrazz is the original member of the patented Knock Out Rose family with incredible disease resistance. This fragrant shrub is easy to grow, fast growing, cold hardy, drought tolerant, heat tolerant, black spot resistant, and self cleaning. These low maintenance flowers remain in bloom all season, and reside on a shrub that grows to 4 feet in height, and 3 feet in width.
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4) Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Another member of the daisy family, the common sunflower is an annual, native to the Americas. It attracts songbirds and butterflies, and has tasty, edible seeds known for their high levels of good fat and vitamin E. The sunflower grows best in full sun with well-drained soil, and averages 8 to 15 feet in height. The flower heads themselves can get up to 12 inches in diameter, and are made up of numerous florets that mature into seeds.
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower
5) Common Marigold (Tagetes)
The Tagetes genus of 56 species is native to North and South America, produces Marigolds, and is part of the daisy family. Marigolds are incredibly easy to grow, and can do so in any soil with full sunlight. They vary in size, based on the category, though the Flagstaff Marigold grows the tallest at 4 feet in height, with three-inch fluffy double flowers and a 10-12-inch spread.
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6) Royal Palm (Roystonea regia)
A member of the palm family, the royal palm is a fast-growing evergreen palm with ten-foot long leaves. It requires bright sunlight, but is adaptable to a variety of soils. The Roystonea genus is named after an engineer named Roy Stone, and contains the most recognized and commonly cultivated tropical palms. These single-stemmed palms have pinnate leaves, and average about 50 feet in height, though some species of palms can reach up to 130 feet.
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roystonea
7) Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
The lily family is known for producing beautiful, draping plants, and the spider plant is no exception. This fast and easy-to-grow perennial prefers container gardening and pots, with bright lighting and any soil. The plant produces small white flowers, and leaves that grow to 8-16 inches long with baby spider plants at the ends to help you propagate the plant. This herbaceous perennial is native to tropical and southern Africa, and can grow about 2 feet high.
8) Purpletop Verbena (Verbena bonariensis)
A member of the Verbena family, the purpletop verbena is a pastel flower commonly associated with Easter bouquets. This fast-growing perennial attracts butterflies and makes for a great addition to any garden. Purpletop verbena grows leaves of 3-5 inches long, reaches 3-6 feet in height, with a spread of 1-3 feet. The flowers appear throughout summer, and must be grown in direct sunlight.
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbena_bonariensis
9) Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis)
The Confederate Rose is not actually a rose at all, but a Hibiscus that originates in China. It gets its name based on its changeable nature, and a story in which the white flowers absorbed the blood of a particularly bloody battle of the Civil War. This easy-to-grow shrub can reach up to 15 feet tall, and 10 feet wide, with flowers of 3-5 inches in width. The white flowers turn to a deep pink with age, and can grow in any soil condition with sun or shifting shade.
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10) Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii)
Another member of the daisy family, the Orange Coneflower is a fast-growing, butterfly-attracting perennial. The variety of shapes and sizes of this plant has changed over the decades, though it is known for receiving numerous awards in the perennial category. It reaches 3 feet in height, with leaves of 5 inches in length. In order to grow the yellowish-orange starburst-shaped flowers, which reach 3 inches in width, the plant requires full sun, or partial shade with well-drained soil.
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