Beginner's outdoor plants

If your thumb is less green and more, er, flesh-coloured, we’ve got the perfect starter plants to set you on the path towards becoming a pro. Our collection of easy-to-care-for beginner’s plants will thrive in pretty much any outdoor space and require minimal attention - perfect for someone who wants to dip their toes into urban gardening. We believe everyone can turn their thumbs from flesh to green, and the best way to do it is to start with an easy-to-please plant. Read below for our top low-fuss outdoor plants.

Once you’ve found your new plant friends, grab a few outdoor pots to pop them into (available in large and small sizes).

Beginner's outdoor plants

We love Leo's colouring: deep green, leathery leaves that spiral around his stems, turning fire-red towards the top - earning him his nickname Curly Red.

Phoebe the Canary Island date palm is a great all-rounder — she’s just as happy indoors as she is outside. Her sturdy, arching green stems will give your space that cool tropical look, and her easy-going personality means she’s perfect for the novice plant parent.

Beryl the golden shield fern loves to spread out in a damp, shady spot in the garden. Just give this pretty lady plenty to drink and she’ll be happy as a pig in dirt.

Fats the Fatsia japonica is a near-unkillable plant who will thrive under almost any condition. Bonus: this handsome guy will blossom beautiful, dandelion-like clusters of white flowers in autumn.

Mae the Chamaerops humilis (a.k.a the ‘European fan palm’) is an all-round people-pleaser — she's been our most popular plant at Patch since we launched in 2016. She’s super easy to maintain, making her a great plant for beginners.

Esther the Festuca glauca (or ‘blue fescue’) is a bit of a wild one: she’s got electric blue tufts that make her stand out from the pack. Don’t be fooled though — she looks feisty, but she’s actually pretty chilled and easy to look after.

Jake the Variegated Euonymus Japonicus is tough lad who can withstand even the harshest winters. Better known as the ‘spindle tree’, we love Jake because of his amazing shape, stunning patterned leaves and low-maintenance personality.

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Contains one Curly Red, one large Phoenix Canariensis, three Dryopteris Affinis, one Fatsia Japonica, two Festuca Glauca, one Chamaerops Humilis and one large Variegated Euonymus Japonicus. Please note: pots are sold separately.


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