Top 10 Quick-to-Grow Plants

Learn about the various types of plants that grow quickly, giving you a gorgeous garden in no time at all.

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK BooksDorling Kindersley
Love in a Mist are Quick Growing Plants DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena)

The fine hairlike bracts around the flowers give these plants their common name, \"Love-in-a-mist.\" The flowers last for up to eight weeks in the summer and, if left, will then form balloonlike, striped seedpods. This plant requires full sun and germinates in two to three weeks. Height is typically 12 inches (30 cm).

Pot Marigolds are Fast Growing Herb Plant DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

These herb plants produce bright orange or yellow flowers. The spicy-tasting petals can be used in salads and savory dishes and for coloring cheese and butter. This plant requires full sun and germinates in one to two weeks. Height is typically 5 inches (12 cm).

Clarkia has 30 Different Species in Varying Colors DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Clarkia (Clarkia pulchella)

Clarkia is named after the explorer Captain William Clark, who first saw this plant growing in the Northwestern United States. There are about 30 species varying in color of petal and size. This plant requires partial sun and germinates in three weeks. Height is typically 16 inches (40 cm).

Candytuff is Loved by Butterflies DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Candytuft (Iberis)

This plant originates from the Mediterranean island of Crete, known as \"Candia\" in old English. There are varieties in shades of white, purple and red scented flowers that are loved by butterflies. This plant requires full sun and germinates in three weeks. Height is typically 10 inches (25 cm).

Cornflowers Have Bright Blue Blooms DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)

These annual plants produce bright blue flowers with ruffled petals that attract butterflies and bees. To have flowers all through the summer, remove any dying flowers or pick the flowers to fill a vase to encourage more to bloom. This plant requires full sun and germinates in two weeks. Height is typically 12-18 inches (30-45 cm).

Nasturtiums are Bright Jeweled Colored DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum)

Species of nasturtium range from bushy to trailing and climbing varieties and are ideal for growing in hanging baskets. The bright jewel-colored flowers, leaves and seedpods can be eaten. This plant requires full sun and germinates in two to three weeks. Height varies.

Shirley Poppy Petals Look Like Crinkled Silk DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Shirley Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

Developed from the basic red corn poppy with a black center, the blooms of Shirley poppies appear in white, red, and shades of pink and lilac with a white center, and the petals look like crinkled silk. This plant requires full sun and germinates in one to two weeks. Height is typically 24 inches (60 cm).

Annual Clary Sage Spikes Covered with Tiny Blooms DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Annual Clary Sage (Salvia viridis)

Bees love to visit this bushy herb with soft, heart-shaped leaves and many flower spikes covered with tiny flowers. The spikes can be cut and dried out for long-lasting flower arrangements. This plant requires full sun and germinates in three weeks. Height is typically 24 inches (60 cm).

Godetias are Ideal for Pots and Grow Quickly DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Godetia (Clarkia amoena)

These plants are ideal for pots, since they produce many multicolored flowers with silky, wavy petals. They can self-seed if the last flowers are left to die, form seedpods, and release their seeds. This plant requires full sun and germinates in two weeks. Height is typically 16 inches (40 cm).

Annual Mallow Bushy Plant that Grows quickly DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Annual Mallow (Lavatera trimestris)

Butterflies visit the strong jewel-like pink or white flowers of this eye-catching lavatera. The bushy plants quickly grow upward and outward throughout the summer. This plant requires full sun and germinates in two to three weeks. Height is typically 20 inches (50 cm).

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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