Sensory Garden for Lower Midwest

The plan is easy to install. No hardscaping is involved, and the bed can be adapted to any patio edge.

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Plant List

A. Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
Alternative: Other small accent tree

B. Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
Alternative: Medium-sized shrub, three to five feet tall

C. New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus)
Alternative: Other small shrub, two to three feet tall

D. Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)
Alternative: Other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall

E. Prairie dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepis)
Alternative: Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) or little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) or other small ornamental grass, one foot tall

F. Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Alternative: Other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall

G. Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Alternative: Other herbaceous plant, one to two feet tall

H. Missouri iris (Iris missouriensis)
Alternative: Other grass or fern, two to three feet tall

I. Spotted horsemint (Monarda punctata)
Alternative: Downy wood mint (Blephilia ciliata) or purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) or other herbaceous plant, two to three feet tall

J. Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
Alternative: Other herbaceous accent plant, one to three feet tall

K. Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)
Alternative: Other groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall

Key

1. Butterfly house
2. Existing patio

How to install your landscape plan
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Landscape plan by Leah Gardner
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

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