The Q&A Archives: Teacher wishes to create an outdoor classroom

Question: What can I plant that could be instantly appealing to teens? The space is comparable to a large classroom but has a great deal of potential with 2 benches and a path already laid out. School ends in June so I think that it is best for me to transplant potted plants and to create a rock garden. What do you think? What types of plants will work best with this project? How about the rock garden?

Answer: I know from experience that teens like to eat so why not start a pizza garden (grow tomatoes, basil, terragon, etc.) or a salsa garden (tomatoes, scallions, cilantro and peppers) or, an artistic garden where the teens arrange rock garden plants in interesting shapes (checkerboard, circles, etc.) Some of the best rock garden plants for your area include Arenaria (Sandwort), Aubrieta (Rock Cress), Cerastium (Snow in Summer), Dianthus (Cheddar Pink), Dianthus (Red Maiden), Gyphsophila Repens (Creeping Baby's Breath), Leontopodium (Edelweiss), Matricaria (Feverfew), Sedum Mixed, Sedum (Dragons Blood), Thymus serpullum (Creeping Thyme), Dahlberg Daisy - Golden Fleece, Tagetes Signata Pumilia (Gem Marigold), or Nierbergia (Purple Robe). Hope this information provides some inspiration.

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