A Lower Midwest Sensory Garden

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

Lower Midwest Sensory Garden

A sensory garden for the Lower Midwest.

Photo by: Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

A sensory garden for the Lower Midwest.

Indulge your senses with this sensory garden plan tailored to the Lower Midwest.

Plant List 

Sensory Garden Overview for the Lower Midwest

Sensory Garden Overview for the Lower Midwest

Try these plants and flowers for a Lower Midwest sensory garden plan.

Photo by: Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Try these plants and flowers for a Lower Midwest sensory garden plan.

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