Designing your Sensory Garden
Sensory gardens are a combination of hardscape elements and plants that combine to provide colour, smells, textures, sounds and tastes that awaken the senses and relax the mind.
Components of a Sensory Garden:
Hardscape Components: The hardscape components are the non-living components of the garden. The paths, benches, containers, decking, mulch, walls etc. These aspects also provide opportunities to include colour and texture. Path surfaces can vary throughout the garden, but consideration needs to be given to who will be using the garden and if it needs to be wheelchair-friendly.
Signage is an important aspect of a sensory garden. Users will be more inclined to interact with the space and the plants if they are invited to do so. This can be achieved by a map or by individual signs. Try coding signs using colours or symbols to highlight the different senses associated with each plant or area.
Plant Selection: As is the case with any garden, consideration must go into the selected site and its conditions. As users of the space are encouraged to interact with the plants, avoid plants that are poisonous, allergenic, or are likely to require pesticides.