But that being said, there is another side to sharing a garden with kids; the less fun, more frustrating side. When all the leaves get pulled from a plant or even the plant itself is yanked from the ground. When someone tumbles over and flattens emerging seedlings. When balls ricochet off plants, knocking branches off.
|Sword ferns provide a buffer for other plants|
|Fences can keep bikes out of the vegetable garden|
Some tempting plants need to be within reach. Scented geraniums and herbs like culinary sage that children can learn to rub gently and sniff, lambs' ears that are so very soft, argyranthemum that bloom all summer. All these sturdy growers offer opportunities for repeated lessons in gentle hands without the danger of killing the plant.
|Short fences protect beds while scented geraniums spill over for sensory fun|
|Resin pots are sturdy but provide visual cues for traffic|