Plant Wildflowers If you want a look that is easy to maintain yet still pretty, plant wildflowers in a flower bed. You won't have to worry about making the area look perfectly landscaped, but you will still have a flower bed that is lovely and didn't take much work. Seeds work well, or you can go with cheap plants. Make sure to see if the plants are annuals or bi-annuals so you will know when to expect them to die off.
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