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50 best plants perfect for a family garden

Matthew Wilson with his children Amelia and Dylan
Matthew Wilson with his children Amelia and Dylan Credit: andrew crowley

According to conventional wisdom, children and ornamental gardens are mutually incompatible. If you want the former, you should accept your lot and embrace a plot comprising a desultory patch of worn lawn adorned with plastic play kit. And if you want a pristine garden full of horticultural delight, you can forget spending time with your kids.

As someone who is the custodian of both an ornamental garden and eight-year-old twins, I am inclined to disagree with this dismal analysis. I had a childhood full of positive experiences of gardens and gardening, from the moment I discovered that the foliage of the weeping willow tree in our garden was rather like a one-way mirror (I could see out, but...

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