Top 10 Foolproof Plants for Kids

Get kids excited about gardening with some gardening basics and our list of foolproof plants for little ones.

The best plants for kids are the ones they want to grow. I’ve been gardening with my children since they were old enough to eat the dirt (the older one is 10 now), and they enjoy the experience so much more when they get in there and pick out their own plants or seed packets. However, it doesn’t hurt to try to steer them in the right direction. Load up the little one in your life and hit the garden center to pick out one of these perfect plants for kids.

Don’t Forget the Veggies

We kept our main list focused on flowers, but kids will dig growing veggies, too.

  • Carrots. The seeds sometimes need a little extra germination time, but when kids finally get to pull them from the ground, the look on their faces will be pure awe.
  • Peas. They’re easy to grow, and so delicious to eat straight from the garden.
  • Corn. Kids love it when the stalks grow taller than their heads. Grow corn in at least a 4- x 4-ft. block.
  • Potatoes. Harvesting them is like a treasure hunt. Plant in a container, so kids can dump it out and really dig in to find the potatoes.


Trapaeolum spp., annual

Don’t let sunflowers and zinnias steal all the thunder: Nasturtiums are ideal annuals to start from seed, too. This spicy-scented flower does best with no care at all, blooming from spring through frost. Varieties range from ground covers to those that grow up to 10 feet, which need the support of a trellis.

Kid appeal: The flowers are edible. Kids will think it’s awesome to throw the petals in a salad or on their sandwiches.

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