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Why not ask your local gardeners or allotment owners or if each child choose a plant and bought from their local garden centre (grandparents could donate cause) the fun in choosing and dads and granpa s could try out their carpenter skills.
take a look at ford Abbey with there amazing borders and if you are near there take a visit or any open garden session to pick up ideas .
I would t worry myself but if you do ,My mother would dig up the ants eggs and feed the fish and pour boiling water on the nest ,quick no chemicals ,but really unless they are causing a real problem leave them be.
most likely it needs a bit of a prune,
I take old wood cuttings and in the autumn.
enjoy there company ,one day they will help eat those pests.
you need to find a book on the subject that's the best thing to do .
here in the west its chilly this evening.
I am waiting for more of my clematis s to come out in flower.
grow your own ,comfrey ,nettle and use sea weed.All are free and what the bought bottles of tomatoe feed are,and all are organic and you know what goes into it.