Designing your Sensory Garden
Sensory gardens are a combination of hardscape elements and plants that combine to provide a sensory experience of colour, smells, textures, sounds and tastes to 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 and walls, etc. These aspects also pro-vide opportunities for colour and texture etc. 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. This can be achieved by a map or individual signs which could be colour or symbol coded to highlight the different senses associated with each plant or area of the garden.
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.