Engage the Senses With a Sensory Garden
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How to Make Your Sensory Garden
A successful sensory garden is one that satisfies all the senses. In addition to beauty, it creates a holistic space for the eyes, ears, nose, skin, and mouth.
Engaging all of your senses in a garden is a great way to help you relax and feel totally immersed in the natural world.
Create a Lush Haven With Dense Planting
The first thing to do when creating a sensory garden makes it feel like a world unto itself. It should be a space that somehow makes the outside world and its distractions disappear.
This feeling of separation can help make a garden more attractive. A place where you can pay attention, mingle for a moment, and be really at peace.
A dense and layered planting, especially around the periphery of your garden, can help make it a more enclosed and nutritious space.
Pay particular attention to the edge of a garden near roads or where neighbors can see your garden.
Planting dense borders does not need to make the garden smaller or narrower.
Consider "borrowing" from the environment and choosing plants that blur the boundaries; A dense, lush hedge can make your garden look like part of the surrounding landscape and make it appear larger and wider overall.
Combine Colors for Different Effects
You can create a wide range of different visual effects in a garden simply by choosing plants.
The color scheme you choose for your garden will play an important role in determining the overall feel of the space.
Limiting the color palette by choosing flowering plants with a more limited range of hues can help make the space more calm and relaxing. A green and white garden, for example, can be a very relaxing space.
If it includes a profusion of color, a garden can often be cheerful and energizing.
Consider the Soundscape
Visual appeal isn't the only part of a sensory garden, you need to consider the soundscape as well.
The sounds that surround you in space can also be very important in creating a climate and making you feel close to nature.
First, consider how the wind moves through trees and other plants, rustling leaves and creating a rustle in the background.
Of course, birdsong is often another very important element in a garden soundscape. And don't forget the buzzing and calling insects. Make sure you provide enough habitat for wildlife so you can provide a soundtrack.
Another way to increase these natural background noises is to use running water.
Adding a water feature to a garden pond or even creating a chatty stream in your space is a great way to create a calmer atmosphere.
Wind chimes, rain streams, and other similar features can also add different elements to complement the natural sounds of the environment.
Fill the Air With Scent
When choosing plants for your garden, the smell is another very important thing to consider in a sensory garden.
Above all, consider the aromatic plants that you can place closer to your home and outdoors. And consider placing scented plants along sidewalks and even between floors to release their scent when you step on or scrub them.
Lavender, roses, lilacs, jasmine, and a wide variety of aromatic herbs such as thyme, rosemary, lemon balm, mint, etc.
They are all wonderful plants to include in a sensory garden, to name just a few. Remember to choose all plants with the specific climate and location in mind.
Create Tactile Zones
Touch is a feeling that you often don't think about a lot about in a garden. But creating touch zones is a great way to make sure you're really interacting with the natural world around you.
Herbs to touch following a path, a wild meadow where you can take off your shoes and feel anchored, a thick bark that wants to be touched, and tactile plants such as lamb's ears, mullein, etc.
Near a living space, there can be wonderful ideas for a sensory garden.
Get Your Taste Buds Tingling
Finally, being able to graze on the go is another great way to make sure you feel completely immersed in a sensory garden.
Put sweet strawberries or other berries in your mouth when ironing. Paste fresh salad leaves or peas straight from the pod.
Or chew on a spicy nasturtium. Grow a variety of interesting edible crops in your garden and there will always be something to please your taste buds.
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