Jacqueline in Armidale, Same New South Wales
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Our childcare centre is looking to make over our outdoor space particularly our ramp entrance to make it more pleasant for the children to walk through. We are not sure what kind of trees or plants would be suitable. We would like something that we could train into an arch type walkway if possible.
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We will be using potting mix and straw with slightly raised beds.
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Will fertilise as necesary
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The plants need to be child friendly.
Hi Jacqueline, what about a sensory walkway? The Lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) smells of lemon when the leaves are scrinched by kids. It is a small tree growing to 7m or so.There is also a liquorice-smelling myrtle the aniseed myrtle (Backhousia anisata) which smells of liquorice when the leaves are scrinched. It also grows around 7m. Both trees are types of Australian lillypilly and are not allergenic or poisonous – in fact both are edible and are used in cooking. Planted either side of the walkway, both could be pruned to create a tunnel effect. you would need to find a good native nursery that stocks them. Elsewhere you could plant the goundcover peppermint geranium (pelargonium) which smells more like peppermint than true peppermint does. it too is edible and non-allergenic. Don