Child-friendly plants for your family garden: Safe and fun options

Creating a family garden is a wonderful way to introduce children to the joys of nature.

However, when little ones are involved, safety becomes a top priority. This means selecting plants that are not only non-toxic but can also withstand a bit of rough play.

Here are some safe and fun plant options to consider for your family garden.

Have non-toxic plants for peace of mind

  1. Sunflowers: Sunflowers are a delightful choice for a family garden. They are completely non-toxic and safe if curious little hands decide to touch or taste. Plus, watching these towering flowers grow can be a fascinating activity for children.
  2. Snapdragons: With their unique shape and vibrant colours, snapdragons are a hit with kids. They are safe to handle and can add a burst of colour to your garden. Kids love pressing the sides of the flowers to make the ‘dragon mouth’ open and close.
  3. Nasturtiums: Nasturtiums are not only safe but also edible. These bright flowers can add a peppery flavour to salads, which can be a fun way to encourage kids to try new foods. They’re also easy to grow, making them great for beginner gardeners.
  4. Marigolds: These hardy flowers are a good choice for families. They are safe for children and can withstand a bit of handling. Marigolds also help repel pests, which is a bonus for your garden’s health.

Plants that can take a beating

While non-toxicity is crucial, resilience is also key. Children are naturally curious and playful, so it helps to have plants that can survive a little roughhousing.

  1. Grasses: Ornamental grasses like fountain grass are soft, yet durable. They can bounce back after being tumbled into and are safe for kids.
  2. Succulents: Succulents like aloe vera and echeveria are hardy and can withstand a touch or two. They have an interesting texture and shape, which can be fascinating for kids. Just ensure they are non-toxic varieties, as some succulents can be harmful if ingested.
  3. Herbs: Many herbs, such as mint and basil, are resilient and can handle some handling. They also offer sensory experiences for children, with their varied textures and scents.

Engaging children in the garden

Involving children in the gardening process can be educational and fun. Teach them how to plant seeds and watch them take pride in seeing their plants grow. You can also encourage them to help with watering and simple garden maintenance, which can be a great learning experience.

Here are some safety tips

While choosing the right plants is important, general safety in the garden should not be overlooked. Ensure that there are no sharp tools lying around and that areas such as ponds or barbecues are properly secured.

Create an outdoor space that is suitable for everyone

A family garden can be a delightful place for children to learn and play, but it requires careful planning. By choosing plants that are both safe and sturdy, you can create a space that is enjoyable for everyone in the family. Encourage your children to interact with the garden, under supervision, to foster a love for nature from a young age.

If you’re looking for professional advice on creating a child-friendly garden, LHP Landscaping & Joel Irrigation is here to help. Contact us today to start crafting a safe and beautiful outdoor space for your whole family to enjoy.