Plants and young children can co exist in your garden. The following plants are all easy to grow and maintain and are available in most good garden centres. They all have a reasonably long flowering period and can cope with being hit by the odd football. They should all survive in a children’s garden. This page contains a summary of family friendly plants. Please click on each heading to find out more details.
Low Maintenance Plants for a Children’s Garden.
I have always loved Lavateras with their attractive and showy pink flowers. If you have a large garden and want a summer flowering shrub then this is the plant for you. Its common name is Mallow. If you do not have space for a 1.5 to 2 m shrub then there are now a number [...]
Bee on Aster A good late summer performer for the garden is the Aster or Michaelmas Daisy. So called because it has daisy-like flowers from pink, purple to blue and it flowers at the time of Michaelmas, on 29 September when in parts of Europe remember Archangel Michael. Its reliability and hardiness help to make [...]
Aquilegia If you know this flower, other names for it are Columbine and Grandma Bonnets; you may be saying what so family friendly about it? It is a cottage garden plant with thin stems holding up the very pretty flower heads which could easily get knocked by a ball or trampled upon. I say yes [...]
Chives It is its versatility that makes chives such a great plant to grow with your kids. It is of course a culinary herb and part of the onion family, but its flowers are beautiful – a delicate ball of pinky, purple. The child and family friendly properties of the chive plant Allium Schoenoprasum include [...]
If you are not too sure what flowers to plant with your kids this is a good one to get going with. It is an easy- grow annual. Nasturtiums This plant’s family friendly features include:- Large seeds which are easy to sow. 8 Weeks from seed to flower. Short waiting time – Very child [...]
Calendula officinalis Calendula officinalis is one of my top ten flower plants to grow with children. Everyone thinks of a sunflower as a children’s flower. The pot or English Marigold may not grow so tall, but it matches the sunflower’s beauty, petal pattern and gorgeous orange and yellow colours. Marigold – child friendly plant [...]
Today I am introducing Floral Friday. A regular post every Friday on flowering plants to grow with your kids, and to have in your garden. All the plants featured will be ‘family friendly’. By this I mean they will either:- Grow easily and be a ‘good doer’. May self –seed. Will have a point [...]