One of the ways of achieving eco living is by having a family garden where you can grow plants for environmental protection and food. A family garden is like an outdoor room, a space where the family can relax, play and interact with nature.
In a family garden you need tough plants that are easy to look after and safe with children around: avoid fragile blooms, anything with thorns, or plants that can cause skin irritations or that are poisonous to eat. Teach children never to put leaves, flowers or berries in their mouths.
A good backbone of easy-care shrubs will provide structure, then add a few perennials for both colour and fragrance. Lavender and chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) are good choices for their lovely scent, as are Mexican orange blossom (Choisya ternata) and the thornless rose ‘Zephirine Drouhin’. You could also consider mallow (Lavatera). dogwood(cornus), buddleia (which is robust and attractive to butterflies) and the vigorious kerria japonica.
If you have space, set aside an area for children to grow their oen plants. Sweet peas, sunflowers, beans, lettuces and nasturtiums are easy to cultivate and will give pleasure all summer long.
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