Sensory Gardens and Yards

The sensory qualities of your yard can create an adventure for little hands, noses, and mouths. Gardens rich in such detail also appeal to those who struggle with their sight or hearing.
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Wind Chimes

Audible garden features can be plants with stems that knock or swish together, or they can be simple devices such as wind chimes. Those made from metal make a tinkling sound, while the sound made by wooden chimes is more subtle and earthy.

Herb Garden

A herb garden is a joy to the senses, particularly those of scent and taste. Herb seats and herb borders that are brushed against as you walk release scent on contact. Many herbs can be eaten raw, and you can enjoy their strong, zingy tastes as you walk around the garden.

Furry Plants

There are many plants that are appealing to the touch at some stage in their life cycle. Clematis tangutica may be grown for its show of yellow flowers, but it then has a tactile display of soft, silky seedheads.

Seedheads

Some plants are made for the sensory garden. As well as looking unusual, the seedheads of Scabiosa stellata are irresistibly tactile and audible, making a satisfying papery noise when touched.

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