Six Colorful Plants to Brighten Up Your Backyard


There’s something pretty magical about a brightly colored garden. The colors are so vibrant they can almost take your breath away. If the weather is as dismal as it looks like it could be, you might want to consider bringing some color into your backyard.

Try these six colorful plants that will brighten up your space even on the gloomiest of days:


Coleus is a popular plant because it is easy to grow and makes a great first-time garden plant. Commonly available in purple, yellow, and red varieties, coleus adds many colors when planted in the ground or used in containers on your patio or balcony. It’s also an indoor plant that can grow up to three feet tall with lots of leaves.

Coleus thrives best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade as well. Water regularly, but don’t overdo it. This plant does not do well if overwatered. You can refer to this The Spruce article to ensure your coleus plant thrives. It lists some care tips you can grow your coleus plant efficiently.

Blue Fescue

Blue fescue is a cool-season grass that can be grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8, making it an excellent choice for areas with poor soil or drought restrictions. It has a fine texture and grows slowly, reaching only 15 to 20 inches tall when mature.

Blue fescue requires little maintenance and is drought tolerant but will grow poorly under scorching conditions or if overwatered regularly. It’s usually propagated from seed. However, because blue fescue does not tolerate well being mowed short, it may be better suited for areas where you do not plan to cut the grass regularly.

Cool weather plays a vital role in the appropriate growth of the blue fescue plant. Hence, regularly monitoring the weather in your local region is wise. You can seek help from a weather monitoring and forecasting website like Tomorrow. The weather on Tomorrow’s website is accurate, and you can rely on that data to make amendments to your watering schedule for optimal growth.

English Daisy

A good place to start with these beginners is the English daisy. It’s easy to grow and even easier to maintain. You can find them in many areas, including local nurseries or garden centers. They need full sun and prefer to be planted in groups rather than alone. Daisies will attract butterflies and bees, so if you want your backyard oasis to be as eco-friendly as possible, this is an excellent choice.

Daisies are also low maintenance. You don’t have to fertilize them often because they have shallow roots that gather nutrients from the soil beneath them. All they need from you is regular watering. No fertilizer is needed. If your yard has rabbits around, keep an eye on those stems.

You can grow English daisies from zones 4 to 8. Moreover, there are multiple varieties of the English daisy plant to choose from. You can use these information pieces to take better care of your plant.


Impatiens are one of the most popular flowers for home gardens, and they’re easy to grow. They prefer full sun or partial shade and moist soil, but they’ll tolerate dry conditions too.

To plant impatiens in your garden, simply dig small holes about 6 inches deep and place the impatiens bulbs in each hole with the root end down. Cover the bulbs with an inch of soil, pat down gently to remove air pockets, then water thoroughly to settle the soil around them. The plants should be ready for planting after a week or two when you see new growth emerging between their leaves (called “bolting”).

If you’re growing more than one variety of impatiens in your garden bed, refrain from fertilization until all have begun bolting. Otherwise, they may get confused and bloom at different times.

To care for your newly planted impatiens, water until you see new growth coming out of their dirt every few days. After that, water once a week unless it rains heavily during those weeks, in which case, check back daily.

Also, fertilize once per month during spring/summer months using an all-purpose fertilizer diluted by half according to package directions. Fall/winter months require less feeding since these seasons tend not to provide enough nutrients themselves due being colder weather conditions.


Daylilies are an excellent choice for beginner gardeners who want to liven up their backyard but don’t have the time, space, or patience to maintain more complicated plants. Like other perennials, they’ll come back year after year without special care and don’t require much attention once they’re established. If a daylily thrives in your yard, it will do so regardless of what else you’ve planted there.

They also come in an impressive variety of colors and can be grown in partial shade or full sun. You can even find varieties that are tolerant of dry conditions as long as they get adequate water every month or so during the growing season, which is when you should also give them fertilizer. This may be just what you need if you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant with many color options.


Hostas are some of the most versatile plants you can grow in your garden. They don’t require much care and look great in all situations, whether planted under trees or next to a path, grown at ground level, or on a pedestal. Hostas can be planted in full sun or shade.

Hostas come in wide varieties with different flower colors and leaf shapes, but the most common type is H. Sieboldiana’ Elegans’. It has green leaves with white margins that turn blue-green as they age. White flowers in the plant bloom from May through July, and they can reach 2–4′ when mature.

Hostas prefer moist soil conditions along stream banks or pond shores but perform well in containers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you can grow these plants in hardiness zones 3 to 9.


Now that you know what these plants look like, it’s time to try them out in your backyard. There are many more beautiful plants out there, but these are the best, so they can help brighten up any space. Go ahead and get planting!