perennial ideas for garden with kids
I'm hoping people in this forum can help me come up with some fun (or at least appropriate) plant suggestions for a friend's yard. I don't have kids and don't have a yard (I have a stuffed balcony, windows and light stands) but I got the "job". lol. I usually hang out in the orchid forum, and poke my head in on gesneriads and mid-atlantic.
I don't know much about the yard yet - full sun, zone 7b (8 under the new zoning), probably not-so-great drainage. Kids (3-6) and dogs run around quite a bit, although their current plantings are apparently doing fine. From what I remember from a brief visit, the previous owner had planted some things like forsythia, bleeding heart, irises, daylilies etc. - they are 2-3 years old in their current spots and very spaced out. I'm guessing its the bigger spaces inbetween that she wants filled.
She's asking for perrenials - I think she has a plot for annuals/veggies/herbs. I'm thinking edibles, interesting seed pods, fragrance, hummingbird and butterfly attractors etc, but no thorns, spines, and nothing that looks edible but is poisonous. Am I missing some important considerations? She is not much of a gardener and very busy, but she will make sure that things are taken care of (as long as there aren't too many).
As a kid, I was only interested in peeling bark and acorns, and making things out of cut branches and things. These boys seem to be much more into watering and smelling flowers (don't know about the neighbors' kids). Totally alien concept to me.... ;)