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I admit it, I don’t know the first things about plants

The summer heat is here. Your friends and neighbors gather on your back porch or patio and take in the plethora of color and summer bounty, that you have planted for their enjoyment. Or not!

Is your garden ready for admirers or is it a sight for sore eyes? Do you have two left, brown thumbs?

Have no fear, the indestructible hardy plants list is here. The following five plants fill your garden year after year. They will also love you, even when you have no time to love them back.

They are presented by category. Plant 3-5 of each of the following plants and you will have a beautiful garden all summer long. You may even want to plant a low hedge or border of one of the following easy, no fuss, can’t kill them plants.

So here are my picks for 5 easy plants to grow in the garden:

1.  Top Fruit

Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

Rambles just about anywhere. Will freely self seed into more plants if you forget to pick the fruit, and the birds get to them. Delicious in drinks. Some varieties produce fruit all summer long. It is one of the highest in antioxidants. You can be ‘green’ and healthy.

2.  Top Vegetable

Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris)

Hearty, green leafy vegetable that can be sautéed, broiled on the BBQ, along with your favorite fish and meats. The fresh young leaves are a super food, when eaten craw. Grows all summer long and has very few bug infestations. Bonus for the dinner party vegetarians: it is high in protein.

3.  Top Flower

Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

Self seeding, tall, feathery beauty. Comes in a multitude of colors including pinks, purples, yellows and white. Loves the summer heat. Do not over water. It is drought tolerant and can be planted in large masses. There are hundreds of varieties and may grow between 1-4 feet. As cut flowers, they will last up to 10 days in water. They also attract birds and butterflies, so you can define yourself as a self-proclaimed wildlife specialist.

4. Top Sweet Herb

Mint (Mentha piperita)

This herb has a square stem, like all plants in the mint family. It loves shade, part shade and will tolerate full sun. Great for moist soils. It spreads quite rapidly and can be used to fill any container in the garden. When planting in open beds, dig in a steel or plastic divider wall, into the ground where you want to keep it at bay. Excellent as an addition to any dish and summer drink. Mojito anyone?

5.  Top Savory Herb

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Beautiful, multipurpose self caring herb that loves the heat, the sun, and the neglectful gardener. It will thrive just about anywhere. Chives naturally repel insects, so they help keep pests away from your other plants. It serves as an excellent substitute for onions and shallots if you’re in a pinch. You can eat the green stems as well as the purple flower heads.

If you are really nervous, take 1 of each of the above plants (except for the raspberry) and put them into one big planter. Some love heat and dry soil and some love moist soil. Some love the full sun and some love the shade.

Thank You, Monika Meulman your information is a great help.

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