My husband and I have different viewpoints on our landscape. I like lots of colorful shrubs and flowers. He wants to keep things simple for easier maintenance. I would like to get my children more interested in gardening. What has been your experience in family gardening?
First, let me address your situation. There are ways to have lots of color in the garden and still be relatively low maintenance. There are many flowering and colorful leaf shrubs which are relatively low maintenance. There are also perennial flowers that are permanent and relatively easy to maintain.
I have noticed that in most families it is usually one spouse who does most of the gardening. Sometimes the spouse who has less interest in gardening still has certain gardening jobs, such as mowing the lawn. Children may be more or less involved, depending upon the efforts of the parents.
My experiences with family gardening go back to when I was a child. Some of my fondest memories are working together with my parents, sister and brothers in the garden. I grew up during World War II when “victory gardens” were popular. Our victory vegetable garden was about 50 by 100 feet, which was huge by today’s standards. A neighbor would plow the garden and then we would rake and level it together. I remember as a small child planting seeds in rows prepared by older sister and brothers.
When I was 12 years old I spent a summer with an uncle who grew cut flowers to sell to florists. I learned a lot about gardening from him.