Not everyone has a green thumb, and homeowners with a black thumb won't appreciate when their flowers die a month after they move in. Here, Popular Mechanics rounds up a few indoor and outdoor plants that nearly any homeowner can keep alive with minimal attention.
Philodendron and hostas are true go-to plants for adding some lush green, but daylillies, willow amsonia, penta, impatiens, and pansies add splashes of color that will last all summer. Petunias are also resilient favorites for families.
"These are pretty tough plants. Besides being drought-tolerant, they are kid-friendly," says Melinda Myers, a gardening expert with 30 years of horticulture experience. "Even if kids run over them on their bikes, the plants will be fine."