When gardening with kids, make it more fun by choosing the right plants for children. Most kids can't tell the difference between annuals or perennials, but they definitely have their favorites!
Here are some ideas for fun plants for children when gardening with kids:
- Kids are impressed by anything really big or really small—think giant sunflowers or tiny cherry tomatoes.
- Kids like to grow things they can eat—like tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, or strawberries. Kids love to eat produce from their own garden so gardening with kids is a good way to get kids to their veggies!
- Good plants for children kids include anything brightly colored— such as rainbow chard and purple carrots.
- When gardening with kids, you might experiment with soft, fuzzy plants like Lamb's ear or Bunny tails (an ornamental grass the produces soft puffy flowers).
- Plants with lovely smells are also good for gardening with kids. Roses, lilacs and peonies are particularly fragrant. Herbs such as mint, rosemary, lemon balm, and basil are also good plants for children—plus, it's nice to have fresh herbs in your home!
- Kids like plants that move. Win serious cool points by pinching the blossoms of a snapdragon to make the dragon's mouth open!
- When gardening with children, try to pick some plants that have a good chance of surviving! In other words, you might want to stick with a few low-maintenance favorites like marigolds, impatiens or bulbs.
By choosing fun plants for children, gardening with kids will be even more fun. And if your garden succeeds, you'll have fresh flowers, fresh produce, and fresh herbs for your home. More importantly, you'll have a budding gardener on your hands.