7 Goofproof Outdoor Plants

If tending to your flora is leaving you feeling wilted, take heart: These plants are almost impossible to kill.

1. Verbena


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This new flowering hybrid resists fungus (which can weaken the plant and cause the leaves to shrivel). And, happily, it’s self-cleaning.

2. New Guinea Impatiens


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This variety of impatiens, with its showy flowers, is uniquely versatile. It can handle some sun, unlike the more commonly found species, which like only shade. Also self-cleaning.

3. Geranium


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It’s a mainstay of window boxes everywhere, and here’s why: This flower comes in dozens of colors and flourishes in many climates. Pelargonium zonale is particularly vigorous. To care for it, simply deadhead and pinch back as needed.

4. Euphorbia


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With masses of tiny flowers, Euphorbia hypericifolia is pretty and self-cleaning. And deer will steer clear of it (they don’t like the taste).

5. Purple Fountain Grass


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A gracefully arching ornamental grass with fuzzy, rose-colored seed heads, ‘Rebrum’ can withstand just about anything, including high humidity and wind. It’s pest- and disease-free, too.

6. Coleus


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Prized for its bold, variegated foliage, this two-tone stunner is easy to grow and thrives in summer. It comes in a slew of gorgeous colors. To care for it, deadhead and pinch back as needed.

7. Begonia

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Unlike other begonias, which need to be in the shade, Begonia boliviensis fares well in full sun or partial shade. And it rewards you with a profuse shower of tubular, orange red flowers. It benefits from an occasional pinching back.