An Upper Midwest Sensory Garden Plan

This landscape plan provides a fragrant, colorful "wrap" for any patio.
Sensory Garden for the Upper Midwest

Sensory Garden for the Upper Midwest

Plan a sensory garden in your region.

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

Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Plan a sensory garden in your region.

Use these plantings and design tips to create a sensory garden plan for an Upper Midwest garden.

Plant List 

Upper Midwest Sensory Garden Overview

Upper Midwest Sensory Garden Overview

This landscape plan provides a fragrant, colorful "wrap" for any patio.

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

Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

This landscape plan provides a fragrant, colorful "wrap" for any patio.

A. Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) 
Alternative: Other small accent tree 

B. Red osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera) 
Alternative: Medium-sized shrub, three to five feet tall 

C. Box huckleberry (Gaylussacia brachycera) 
Alternative: Other small shrub, two to three feet tall 

D. Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) 
Alternative: Other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall 

E. Little bluestem (Schyzachyrium scoparium) 
Alternative: Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) or other small ornamental grass, one foot tall 

F. Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) 
Alternative: Other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall 

G. White Colorado columbine (Aquilegia caerulea var. ochroleuca Hook) 
Alternative: Other herbaceous plant, one to two feet tall 

H. Lady fern (Athyrium felix-femina) 
Alternative: Other grass or fern, two to three feet tall 

I. Blue sage (Salvia azurea) 
Alternative: Other herbaceous plant, two to three feet tall 

J. Prairie phlox (Phlox pilosa) 
Alternative: Other herbaceous accent plant, one to three feet tall 

K. Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) 
Alternative: Other groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall 

Key 

1. Butterfly house 
2. Existing patio

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