Posted: 03/09/2013 at 09:47
Nickhairyegg (WHERE did that name come from?, there used to be a thread on how we chose our names, maybe you could start a new one, I'm intrigued!).
Sounds like the children are important in your garden so, from experience, try to start with plants which you dont spend too much money on and dont mind if they get trampled (well not too much anyway,).
If you want them involved in the garden try veg, or easier, try herbs, most have flowers and are quite robust. I love thyme, oregano, rosemary and of course lavender, all of which need little care.
Kids love their own patch, but if space is limited, let them have a pot rather than a patch in the border. A stawberry pot?
Try stachys ('lambs ears' again great for the kids, soft furry leaves), heuchara, knifopea ('red hot pokers', great for sword fights as I remember), snap dragons, fox gloves, anything to get the little one's interest may even end up with a future undergardener to help out!
Do you have family or friends you can 'steal' plants from? Cuttings now and soon time for splitting and dividing, planting shrubs.