Weeding and watering—though necessary garden chores—are definitely not as enjoyable as choosing flowers and putting them in the ground. Planting flowers is one of the true joys of gardening! (And it couldn't be easier, even for beginners.) There’s
also something soothing about walking around the garden every day to observe your plants and all the pretty, little pollinators doing their jobs.
To get the most bang for your buck when planting flowers, make sure you know what you’re buying. Annuals last one season and provide bright pops of color right away all season long until frost. Perennials bloom for just a few weeks early, mid, or late season and typically return year after year. Read the plant tag or description: It tells you what kind of plant it is as well as how much sunlight the flower needs. Full sun is considered 6 or more hours of direct sunlight, while part sun is about half that. If you choose perennials, pay attention to the USDA Hardiness Zones (check yours here) to be sure the plant can survive winters in your climate.
Timing is key fo planting: For most flowers, you'll want to wait until after the last frost of the season to plant, although there are a few types, such as snap dragons and violas, that will handle cooler temperatures.