A sensory garden is designed to stimulate all of the senses. So it is not planned just for the eyes to enjoy color and form, but also the nose to savor the sweet fragrances and the ears to appreciate the sounds in the garden. The sense of touch is also important so plants with a different feel are included. I came across an article by Amanda on the American Meadows website with her suggestions on how to create a sensory garden.

Sensory Gardens are created to help relax, stimulate, and teach. They are planted for all populations ? those with disabilities, children, patients in a hospital, and the general public. The idea behind the Sensory Garden is to combine elements that will stimulate all of the senses ? fragrant plants, textured plants, vivid colors, and the element of sound. Combined, when one walks through the garden, they can experience the joy and relaxation from the plants with every aspect of the brain.
Although Sensory Gardens are often planted for public enjoyment, try planting one this spring in your own garden for your loved ones, friends, and yourself to enjoy.
The Element of Fragrance
Fragrant plants are essential to the Sensory Garden; their sweet-smelling blooms bring the initial rush of sensation to the experience. Try planting Peonies, Lavender, Butterfly Weed, Yarrow, Butterfly Bushes, Bee Balm, Phlox, or Lilies in your Sensory Garden to enliven the sense of smell.


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