Five plants everyone can grow

We’re not all gifted with a proverbial green thumb, but with a little advice and a few tips anyone can grow a praise-worthy garden.

Reluctant gardeners rejoice! Here are five plants that grow without too much effort.

Basil

This wonderful herb adds so much flavour and aroma to cooking and salads, but also loves to grow. In fact it keeps on growing the more you use it. Like most herbs, it’s versatile and can grow in almost any container — such as small pots and old watering cans — as well as garden beds. Basil can be grown inside or outside, as long as it receives some light and regular water.

Cherry tomatoes

These tasty flavour bombs are extremely easy to grow, though best planted in spring. You can enjoy them straight from the vine, tossed in a summer salad or roasted. The more room you give them to climb — on a trellis, fence, stake or wall — the more tomatoes will appear.

Hydrangeas

These hardy flowers grow almost anywhere, adapting their colour from the pH of the soil. Hydrangeas thrive in rich, porous, somewhat moist soils, so adding a compost to enrich poor soil will help.

They prefer full sun in the morning and some afternoon shade, however many will grow and bloom in partial shade. Plant them in either spring or autumn. You’ll need to dig a hole as deep as the root ball and two to three times as wide. Set the plant in the hole and half fill it with soil. Water and after the water drains, fill the rest of the hole with soil. Keep watering thoroughly.

Mint

This is another plant that grows almost anywhere, including the cracks in footpaths and driveways. Mint grows in the shade and in the sun. Harvest the sprigs before the plant flowers. To extend the harvesting season, pinch off the flowering buds as they appear. Your mint will spread rapidly in good conditions, so if you’re planting your mint in a garden bed, apply mulch to help keep it from spreading.

Succulents

Succulents may just be the easiest plant to grow in the world. They are virtually indestructible and an ideal plant for tough growing situations. Their versatility also allows them to thrive both outdoors and indoors, making them the perfect plant for new gardeners.