Designing around daughter's fear of bees
Inspite of my coaching that the bees are more interested in the flower than her, my 7 year old continues to be very frightened of bees. I am trying to design a play garden for her and her 3 year old brother. I would like to keep out of it anything that will draw lots of bees (not looking to eliminate them).
The play garden is in the back corner of our property. It is roughly square and is only open to the rest of the yard on one side. One side has our shed the other backs the neighbors yard and has two large shasta viburnums and a clump of trees, and the third side drops off to a bank for a drainage culvert (never much water there).
I am trying to tame the weeds along the bank and am building a berm btw the bank and the garden to try to keep balls etc from rolling off the edge.
Most of the play garden will be dedicated to play. Right now the entire area is just mulched. Plan to put in a sandbox, a wooden platform (use to be part of grandma's front porch) which my son thinks is a stage. I want to paint a sunflower mural on the side of the shed. Most of the gardening will need to be done in raised beds or pots as the area is basically fill. Hopefully this will minimize damage from plants being stepped on!
Many of the plants I was thinking to include as a means of attracting butterflies or hummers will probably bring bees as well, right? I have a honeysuckle vine "John Clayton" that I would like to include. My daughter has asked for morning glory and Clematis and rosebud impatiens. I found a couple perennial money plants. I am considering a trumpet vine to grow up the clump of trees. I am afraid I am being overly ambitious given the area is in part shade.
Any feedback on what will do well in part shade and not attract bees would be appreciated as would any ideas of what might grow in the rough stuff on the bank and outside the beds.