A Florida Sensory Garden Plan

Use this guide to create a stimulating, sensory garden.
This sensory garden plan is suited to a Florida garden.

Florida Sensory Garden

This sensory garden plan is suited to a Florida garden.

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

Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

This sensory garden plan is suited to a Florida garden.

Encourage rest and appeals to the senses in this sensory garden designed for the Florida landscape and climate.

Plant List

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

Florida 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. Redbay (Persea borbonia
Alternative: Other small accent tree 

B. Dwarf palmetto (Sabal Minor) 
Alternative: Medium-sized shrub, three to five feet tall 

C. Wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa
Alternative: Other small shrub, two to three feet tall 

D. Conradina (Conradina grandiflora
Alternative: Other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall 

E. Purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis
Alternative: Other small ornamental grass, one foot tall 

F. Conradina (Conradina grandiflora) or available annuals 
Alternative: Other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall 

G. Florida Coontie (Zamia pumila
Alternative: Other herbaceous plant, one to two feet tall 

H. Cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamomea
Alternative: Royal fern (Osmunda regalis) or river oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)

I. Golden aster (Pityopsis graminifolia
Alternative: Scarlet sage (Salvia coccineus

J. Angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia
Alternative: Other herbaceous accent plant, one to three feet tall 

K. Prostrate petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis
Alternative: Other groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall 

Key

1. Butterfly house 
2. Existing patio

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Where to Buy Vegetable Plants Online

It's perfectly acceptable to grow many veggies and herbs from transplants instead of seed, and you can even order some online.

How to Plant and Grow Marigold Flowers

Easy-to-grow marigolds add bright yellow, gold, orange and creamy-white color to gardens and containers from spring into fall.

How to Grow Patio Roses in Containers

Plant in containers so you can stop and smell the roses on your patio, deck or balcony.

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