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If summer’s abundance of green and sunshine makes you want to become a vegan, we’re here to help. Whether you’re looking to finally create a backyard garden or you’re simply seeking to add natural touches to your work-from-home corner, this is the season to invite some plants into your life. Read on for expert tips to stay top of mind before you get your potting gloves on.

Summer is an excellent time to take up gardening, even if you’re a beginner. You can start with a backyard full of flowers or a collection of plants that can double as ingredients for cooking.

Focus on plants that support pollinators. These plants will do well and look beautiful in your garden. says Jessica Walliser, author of gardening books, including Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden.. ” She suggests starting with perennials native to North America—plants that will live for several years—including conifers, perennial sunflowers, milkweed, and mountain mint.

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Tara Nolan, author of Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Spaces Large and Small, joined a local Plant of the Month club last year. Many plant retailers offer this as an option for both indoor and outdoor plants; Some, like Urban Organic Gardener, send out seeds, so you can grow food all year round. says Nolan, who runs the website savvygardening.com Along with Walliser and fellow horticulturist Nikki Jabbour. “The new favorite is Prairie Smoke, with its flabby seed heads.”

Grow herbs and other edible plants. Why not enchant your al fresco dinner companions with homemade pesto with your own grown basil? “Basil is especially good for summer planting, because it thrives in hot weather,” Walliser says. “Planting just a few new plants throughout the season results in a continuous harvest because of their amazing growth rates,” she says, noting that the same is true of rosemary.

Rosemary is also the go-to for Linda Ly of Garden Betty, a blog dedicated to gardening, housing, and sustainable living. “If you’re new to gardening, rosemary is as low-maintenance as it is an edible plant,” she says. “Rosemary can be grown as a culinary herb, a pollinator-friendly perennial or as a hedge, and is a great choice for hot, dry climates, as it is very drought resistant once established.”

Dan Allen, CEO of Farmscape, California’s largest urban agricultural company, is also an advocate of herbs for new gardeners. “They stay relatively compact and aren’t overly susceptible to pests or diseases,” he says.

Or try cherry tomatoes, which do well in large pots, wine barrels, raised beds or cultivated plots, Allen says. They will thrive in the warm summer temperatures once established. As you grow tomatoes, be aware to remove nearly all the “suckers,” or growths that appear between the main stem and leaf groups, to ensure the plant has “only a few leaders,” Allen says. “You’ll be rewarded with an easier garden and tastier fruit.”

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Take your time to plan for next year. Summer is an excellent time to think about next year’s garden. “For many plants, summer isn’t an ideal time to plant, as they like to transplant and establish when temperatures are cooler,” says Allen. But you might find some inspiration if you go for a walk. “Many of the gardens in your area will be in full bloom, so it’s time to get inspired, make a list, and plan ahead for everything you’d like to include in your garden from now on,” he says. Then find the best time to plant those varieties, be it fall or spring, so you can enjoy them next summer.

Create an indoor jungle

No backyard? Not a problem. Take the season to become a complete vegan parent from the comfort of your own living room.

Consider your schedule. You probably won’t spend your summer watering your plants all day; Vacations can take you away from your home for days or even weeks at a time. If you’re looking for a plant that thrives this season but requires little maintenance, choose a money tree, says Lindsey Pangborn, horticulturist at Bloomscape, an online plant retailer. With its large leaves and braided trunk, the money tree is perfect for creating a summer tropical vibe in your home, she says. An added bonus: It’s relatively low maintenance, which makes it ideal for people who will be away from home for extended periods of time.

Choose something that thrives in humid climates. Do you have access to a covered porch? Use the intense humidity of summer to your advantage and house some plants there. Many plants thrive in high humidity, says Tasha Adams of Hickory Lane Plants, a mobile plant company based in Springfield, Missouri. She says that monstera varieties, in particular monstera delicious, excellent for beginners. “These plants are easy to maintain and multiply, require little care and thrive in bright, indirect light,” she says. “It grows quickly, puts out beautiful foliage and is very hardy.”

Although many houseplants will thrive in the summer humidity, you should put the plants outside as soon as they’re ready, says Anna Johnston, owner and creative director of plant store Jungle & Loom. The company offers a variety of plants, including palms, cordylines, and elephant ears, that have been grown in full sun and are ready to live outside during the warm-weather months. It will also thrive in medium to bright indirect light when brought indoors. They won’t quite grow up in your house, but that might not be a bad thing, because [elephant ears] In particular they can get really big in your yard,” says Johnston.

Sarah Lyon is a freelance writer and fashion designer based in New York. Find her on Instagram: @sarahlyon9.