Landscaping the front yard or backyard is the perfect idea for a family with young children. The garden provides a great space for kids to run around and play their favorite games after school or on weekends. Besides maintaining a well-manicured lawn, there are other methods of landscaping that are ideal for children. One plausible option is growing a garden or plants around the property. These plants enhance the aesthetic value of the home and serve other functions such as providing fresh fruit and even improving the quality of air by removing contaminants. This guest post from Amelia at Robinson Love Plants outlines seven examples of kid-friendly plants that you can add to the landscape.
Mature shrubs provide the perfect hiding place for kids to play hide and seek. You can also use these shrubs for scavenger hunts where you hide small gifts for your children to find. Use a brush cutter to prune large branches and collecting fallen leaves.
You want to have plants that do not obscure your view when you are watching the kids. Groundcovers Verbena Rigida like are low-growing and they add dimension to the lot. I like to plant violet blossoms that grow to a height of one or two feet so I can see my children playing.
3. Stachys Byzantina
This type of plant is soft to the touch and feels like rubbing the ears of a puppy. Their tender and fuzzy texture are appealing to children who often interact with family pets. Encourage children to play outside more often instead of staying indoors after school.
4. Mature trees
Sturdy trees in the back yard will come in handy when the kids are playing. You can improvise a swing by tying a rope between two big trees and have the kids use it a swing. Even though it is tempting to cut down old trees in the yard, these trees are typically robust and can support a hammock. Inspect the old tree to see if the stem is rotting from the inside. Otherwise, the tree may cave under the pressure of constant use.
5. Paeonia species
These plants emit a sweet fragrance that is appealing to children. The fresh scent makes the landscape more enticing, and children will want to spend more time communing with plants outside. You can also choose a variety of herbs and spices for their exotic fragrances.
6. Tall grasses
Make the yard a tad more enjoyable by creating different spaces for children to play in. Tall grass is perfect for hide-and-seek and also separating the adult area and the kids’ playground. Establish a grass cutting routine to keep the grass neat.
7. Cosmos and zinnias
Kids love to interact with flowers for their beautiful leaves, pollen, and even tasty sap. Create a beautiful garden by planting cutting flowers like cosmos and zinnias. These flowers grow fast and do not require much maintenance.
When planting a garden with kids in mind, avoid planting toxic plants like daffodils that could harm the child when ingested. Go for kid-friendly plants like impatiens and camellias instead. Remember to invest in the right equipment for clearing a backyard and removing weeds.
Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants