See that blue-ish Petunia? Ignore it. We are talking about Marigolds, those tiny little plants around it. If you are not a gardening person and you've always wanted a spot of flowers with little work, here's what ya do. Clear a spot of dirt 3 or 4 foot long and 1 or two feet wide. Turn it over with your shovel. Yes, this is work, but, it's the last of the hard work. It will take you an hour or so. That's it. Now, you're home free.
Take packages of Marigold seeds, buy, 4-5 packs, and throw them on your freshly dug dirt on a rainy day. That's it. I don't bother planting them, they grow like weeds. They grow anywhere it's sunny and in any soil. If you want to be fancy, you can throw Zinna seeds in back, or the tall variety of Marigolds. Let the suckers grow close together, do not thin them. I don't care what the package says, they don't mind crowding and they will shade out weeds. You may have to pull a stray weed as you stroll by, but, you will not be really weeding. Leave 'em alone..ignore them. They don't even mind drought. I am not an expert who knows it all, but, I know a few things. The next year, save your seeds from dead heading (which you don't even have to do if you don't want to) and you have the next flower bed for free. A small bed of one or two colors makes great visual impact. It's much better than big beds that get away from you and look messy.