How To Create A Sensory Garden

There are all sorts of ways you can go about creating the perfect garden at home, but if you’re searching for inspiration at the moment, a sensory garden – one that stimulates all five senses at once – could be a rewarding and fulfilling way to go.

The idea of this kind of garden is to make sure that you engage the senses of sight, smell, sound, touch and taste – which may sound a little tricky, but with a bit of reading and research, you’ll soon have a workable plan that you can start turning into reality.

One effective way of laying out your garden is to divide it up into different zones based on the five senses, perhaps the easiest way to go about it, especially if you’re new to gardening and aren’t quite confident in your growing abilities just yet.

To create your sight zone, think about your plant colours, patterns, texture, size and shape. You can use different plants, shrubs and trees to create a really intricate and interesting area, one that you love looking at.

For your smell zone, you’ll find that there are all sorts of different aromatic plants you could feature here, everything from lavender, mint, honeysuckle and jasmine to lots of delicious herbs – which deliver the added benefit of giving you something tasty to cook with, as well.

Sound is also an important part of any sensory garden and for this zone, think about planting pollinators and wildflowers to attract insects and other wildlife to your garden.

Grasses work really well here, because you’ll then hear the wind rustling through the leaves and don’t forget to think about including something like a water fountain or similar somewhere. A birdbath and bird feeder are also a must so your feathered friends come a-visiting!

As for your touch zone, you can use landscaping elements such as pebbles, stone, sculptures, walls and so on to really bring the garden to life and complement the plants you choose. Materials like metal, glass, brick and stone will all work well here.

And to stimulate your sense of taste, a kitchen garden zone is a great way to go, so start growing all your very favourite herbs, fruits and vegetables. What will you grow first?


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