Go gardening with your father

Apr 10, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Do you do the same typical activities every year for Father's Day? Don't settle for the same ol'-same ol' this year such as going out to eat or lounging in front of the television. Instead take the opportunity to interact with your Dad and spend quality time together. Embark on an outdoor house-hold project: Gardening!


Older Man Gardening

Gardening can be as basic or as complicated as you want it to be. It can mean adding a few flowers to the front walk to spruce up a home, or it can take on a life of its own. Start with the basics. It's suggested to undertake a gardening project one step at a time, unless your dad is already a pro. Pick plants and flowers that are sturdy, easy to plant and don't require a lot of attention.

There are a few flowers that are great for this type of under-taking. They are pretty, but don't require too much care or attention:

Red Valerian

This vibrant plant can be seen from the English coast to the Spanish Mission gardens in California. It boasts blue-green foliage and attractive rosy pink to white flowers. It also has an exceptionally long bloom period from late spring through summer.

Turk's Cap Lily

This plant may be a little difficult to find, but it will grow almost anywhere. It can grow up to nine feet. So think hard when deciding on where to plant it. This lily also blooms in the summer and produces beautiful, reddish-orange flowers.


These are easy to find, easy to plant because they're bulbs and easy to care for, considering they come up on their own each year. What could be easier than that?  Tulips are for anyone who doesn't grow a green thumb because they're relatively simple to take care of. They add a beautiful shock of color to the skirting of a porch or walk way.


If you opt for this type of flower, you probably won't be able to go wrong. Perennials last for over two years. Some of the easiest ones to grow are lilies, peonies and irises.

And if digging in the garden doesn't sound like a great way to spend a Father's Day, there are some great potted plant options – for indoors and outdoors. Go ahead and liven up your home!