Lawns trampled by football-mad children must be tough, so use hardwearing grass seed mixes that contain rye grass.
Screen off toys, such as trampolines and climbing frames, with evergreens such as bamboo or Californian lilac (Ceanothus griseus ‘Yankee Point’).
Make sure there are shaded areas so that children have somewhere to sit and relax out of the sun — watch the way the sun moves round to see how the light falls at different times and design your garden accordingly.
Grow tumbling cherry tomatoes, strawberries and herbs in pots — they’re easy to grow and children will love to pick and eat the fruit.
Find places for bird feeders and nesting boxes to encourage birds into your space.
A pre-formed, fibreglass pond liner makes a lovely sandpit (cover it to keep cats out). Once children are older, it will convert easily into a water feature.
Plant seeds for fast-growing vegetables and flowers, such as sweetcorn or sunflowers, and chart their growth by measuring them against the height of your children.
Lawn-side plants need to be resilient to withstand being trampled by feet and footballs – Crocosmia, Escallonia, Elaeagnus, Euonymus, Choisya and ornamental grasses are pretty tough.
Check whether your garden plants are child-safe — daphne, for example, has poisonous berries, while cut Euphorbia stems ooze white sap that is an irritant.
Have a compost bin for garden and kitchen waste to introduce children to ideas of recycling and sustainability.