Green Living
You are looking at: Home : Green Living

Plants to choose for the perfect family garden

Stimulate your child’s senses with this fragrant flora


Posted: 11 April 2012
by Fiona McKim

Plants to choose

Touch
Children love the soft, woolly texture of Stachys byzantina (Iamb's ears), and stipa tenuissima (soft grass) feels quite feathery.

Sight
Fuchsias are bright and vivid and children adore popping the flower buds. Pansies, daisies and clematis are also very appealing.

Sound
Bamboos of all kinds catch the wind and make music; alternatively, hang wind chimes to make gentle music in the breeze.

Scent
Lavender, rosemary, thyme, mint and other herbs are perfect for scratch-and-sniff experiences.

Taste
Strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, courgettes (Though children should also be warned not to eat anything in the garden unless they have been given permission to do so).

Dangerous plants to be avoided

There are a number of plants that can cause skin irritations when touched and can be poisonous when eaten. Garden centre labels on plants usually list the dangers that plants may pose. However, you should also ensure a mature garden doesn't contain any hazardous plants. Here are some of the more common dangerous plants:

• Aconitum (Monkshood) • Digitalis (Foxglove) • Euphorbia (Spurge) • Helleborus (Hellebores) • Heracleum mantegazzianum (Giant Hogweed) • Ipomoea (Morning Glory) • Ruta (Rue) • Solanum (Woody Nightshade) • Taxus (Yew)

More green living from Junior:

Five ways to teach your child about farming

Diary of a springtime detective


Previous article
The best foods to buy organic
Next article
How to grow a wild flower garden


natural parenting, gardening, gardening with kids, children, wild flowers, growing flowers, spotting flowers, eco activities, green living, WHAT PLANTS TO GROW, dangerous plants to avoid, plants kids should avoid, good plants to grow
TwitterStumbleUponFacebookDiggRedditGoogle

Discuss this story

I truly agree to the post we should choose perfect plants for our perfect garden.I have seen best texas native shrubs for a perfect garden and must avoid dangerous plant.Thanks for sharing keep up posting more.

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 19:42

Not only plants but the grass matters as well to increase the overall appeal. I checked the self propelled lawn mower reviews which were all really good. An even better utility was it's self-propelled.

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 14:07

Affordable synthetic & Laying Artificial Grass, fake lawn, astro turf, putting greens & installation tools.

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 06:37

Talkback: Plants to choose for the perfect family garden

First Name:
Last Name:
Email:
Security Image:
Enter the code shown:

I agree to the site's Terms and Conditions & Code of Conduct: