Gardening benefits your health and well-being in many ways and engages all the senses. Many people turn to “sensual” gardens to enjoy the stimulation you can get with touch, sight, smell, and sound. Gardening benefits your health and well-being and engages all the senses. Building your five senses garden is easy and a pleasure for your soul.
Today, many nursing homes use sensory gardens for their patients. A walk through the features it offers can relax and reassure patients – and studies show that it helps children with autism and other problems better process their actions and thoughts.
Choose the Plants for the Five Senses Garden
When choosing plants for a sensory garden, remember to design and select plants in the garden in a way that satisfies all five senses. For example, with colors, you will want to stimulate visual stimulation.
Consider the seasons and combine or plant them appropriately for maximum benefit.
Butterflies and birds attract colorful plants and flowers – and provide additional sensory stimulation.
Incorporate sound into your sensory garden by adding sound-emitting plants such as sparkling leaves or ornamental grasses that create soothing sounds when the wind blows.
Water fountains and bells are also excellent accessories for sounds in the garden space. You can create a beautiful and soothing area by strategically placing them where you can enjoy them the most.
Choose fragrant plants that naturally release their scent into the air. Consider roses, lavender, mint, blacksmiths, and violets for your fragrant accessories in the garden space. Natural scents can soothe anxiety and stress much faster than over-the-counter medications.
Plant a Wide Range of Fragrant Plants
From intense to very delicate scents. For your fragrant garden, you can also find many plants that work well in pots and can be strategically placed on a porch or terrace.
Your sensory garden should contain flavor-promoting plants. Herbs like mint, basil, rosemary, and lemon verbena can be used in many recipes or simply brought into the room to enjoy their beauty and fragrance.
Lots of herbs and flowers are good to dry and make bowls of potpourri that you can enjoy all year round. Edible flowers are an excellent decoration for your meals and a wonderful addition to your sensory garden.
Remember to know which flowering plants are edible and which are not. You may want to use stickers (sticks you put on the ground) to alert people who may be tasting. Tactile stimulus(touch) can come from numerous garden sources, including Cape Sundew. It is a sticky but colorful plant and adds even more attraction to the garden for the reason that it is carnivorous.
We can touch the Yarrow – its flowers are hard, and its leaves are soft. Cones, feathers, and many other plants can be a perfect way to motivate children to explore all parts of their senses – and add attractiveness to any space.
A Book I Recommend on the Subject
Gardens for the Senses Gardening as Therapy, revised and expanded
Click here to read more about this book.