Easy care plants

The ArtistThe Artist Posts: 23

Hi,

I'm looking for advise for good plants to use in the school garden that has been ruined by recent builing works. They need to be ones which wont take over the courtyard style area but give year long structure and interest. We are determined to improve this area. 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    Are you looking for something for adults to plant that looks good with little upkeep, or something to get the kids interested in growing things and wildlife?

  • The ArtistThe Artist Posts: 23

    Hello Nutcutlet, We are looking for all those things really. The adults will have little time with upkeep but it is mainly to get the school children interested in growing things as well as being a lovely view for all that pass through. We think it would be nice to have a small tree, alpines and herbs. Plants etc to catch the senses.image

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    I think nasturtians are great for children, lovely fat seeds and they germinate quickly, the trailing ones can grow quite tall. I've just started some herbs this year in small beds,sage and mint smell delicious

  • quercus_ruburquercus_rubur Posts: 333

    I'm assuming if you're looking at herbs and alpines it's south-ish facing? 

     

     

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    Herbs would be great. plenty of marjoram and thyme to attract the insects. You can teach the kids about the insects as well.

    Native plants have lots of history and stories attached to them. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,737

    Buddleias for butterflies are easy and how about scabious which children find very pretty (little pincushion flowers) and are great for bees and butterflies too. My girls loved dianthus which I had in a big clump beside the path and they called it the hedgehog! Very tactile for little hands and easy to grow. I have three in a big pot next to a seat and I love touching it too! Evergreen and lovely scented flowers.As hollie suggests - herbs. Thyme and rosemary are both evergreen and easy to keep and have great scent. Flowers attract hoverflies and bees. How about a little bed for annuals which the children can sow? Nasturtiums are a great suggestion. Many others like Nigella and Larkspur are good for insects and grow easily as well. image

  • The ArtistThe Artist Posts: 23

    Great suggestions, shall search for scabious etc as the Primary school children will definately want to be out there smelling and touching what we hope will be inspiring. We shall be having some easy annuals and maybe try and find a spot for beans or peas too.  

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    Radishes are hyper-quick. Ready long before the summer hols

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,737

    Sweet peas are easy for them to pop in too but they might miss a lot of the flowers as they will be on school hols! Another good one plant is Sedum (ice plant) as they flower a bit later and are magnets for bees and butterflies. They are also very easy to propagate so that could be useful. Hebes are easy shrubs and hardy geraniums also.

  • HOLEDIGGERHOLEDIGGER Posts: 84
    As i mentioned in another blog what about Butterflies? What a fantastic experience, to have 5 or more tiny and i mean tiny caterpillers in a jar, with food + instructions and after time, WOW,the time comes to release them, unbelievable.
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