Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Welcome to Gardening For Kids!

Gardening For Kids was originally created in 1998 at Geocities to help children learn more about outdoor gardening. With Geocities closing down in summer of 2009 we decided to set up a blogger version of the Gardening For Kids website so the original children's gardening information will continue to be available to kids of all ages. We hope you enjoy your time visiting Gardening For Kids. Happy gardening!

December Flower of the Month

December Flower of the Month

Lantana montevidensis
Zones 9 to 11
Lantana Art

The flowers are shaped like a small bouquet, in bright colors of yellow, purple and orange mixed colors

They have many flowers all year long when they live in mild climates

Lantana is a wonderful woody plant that is evergreen throughout the year. The leaves have a bitter smell to them and turn a purplish color by Fall. Lantana blooms Mid-Spring to Mid-Fall, and blooms all year long when you are in mild Winter zones. The flowers look like tiny bouquets all over the plant! Trailing Lantana is very pretty shrub and hardy, they like full sun. Even if you trim Lantana, it grows back full of flowers, but you don't even have to trim it if you don't want to. If you see scraggly stems, cut them back in Fall or early Spring. Lantana is very pretty to see because it blooms when few plants have flowers. Lantana can grow branches from 3 to 4 foot wide, they arch up and out from the plant. Lantana can grow up to 24 inches tall as well, so give it plenty of room to grow. I like planting it in places other plants won't grow because it is easy to care for and isn't fussy about where its planted, just be sure water drains well from the soil. It also looks good in hanging planters, have a sturdy planter and hanger because Lantana really grows well when it likes where its planted! Try to keep Lantana watered well, it can tolerate dry soil but likes moist soil better. You can also add some compost to help it grow even better. Lantana brightens up your garden with its many sprays of flowers and easy to care for ways.

November Flower of the Month

November Flower of the Month

Colchicum autumnale
Zones 5 to 10
Colchicum Art

The flowers are large, and shaped like a cup, in soft colors of pink, white and purple

They flower in Fall, 5 or more huge flowers bloom from each bulb

Colchicum is also known as Meadow Saffron. They are large flowers that look very much like Crocus. They are also members of the Lily family. Colchicum bloom in the Fall, they come in beautiful shades of pink, white and purple. Their large cup-like flowers are welcome in the Fall, when there are fewer plants growing. Plant the corms in late Summer to early Fall. They like full sun or partial shade, and look especially good in rock gardens, in woodland gardens and in flower borders. Try some planted in pots. One thing to remember is that after Colchicum bloom in the Fall and the plant dies back to the ground, they will grow very large leaves in Spring, so give them lots of room to spread out their leaves. The flowers reach up to 6 inches tall, and the flowers can be 1-1 1/2 inches wide! Make sure you find a special place where your Colchicum will brighten up your Fall garden every year.