A Southeast Sensory Garden Plan

Choose these plants and flowers to create a garden founded on the senses.
Southeast Sensory Garden

Southeast Sensory Garden

A scheme for a sensory garden in the Southeast.

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

Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

A scheme for a sensory garden in the Southeast.

Relish the seasons and indulge your senses in this sensory garden designed for your Southeastern home.

Plant List 

Southeast Sensory Garden Overview

Southeast Sensory Garden Overview

This overview shows the scheme for planting a sensory garden in the Southeast.

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

Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

This overview shows the scheme for planting a sensory garden in the Southeast.

A. Ironwood (Carpinus caroliniana
Alternative: River birch (Betula nigra), dwarf variety like 'Dura-heat' or 'Little King', or other small accent tree 

B. Dwarf summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird') 
Alternative: Medium-sized shrub, three to five feet tall 

C. Dwarf summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Sixteen Candles') 
Alternative: Shrubby St. John's wort (Hypericum frondosum 'Sunburst') or other small shrub, two to three feet tall 

D. Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia
Alternative: Creeping mint (Meehania cordata) or other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall; non-native options include perennial thymes or annual groundcover petunias 

E. Little bluestem (Schyzachirium scoparium 'The Blues') 
Alternative: Prairie dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepis) or other small ornamental grass, one foot tall 

F. Pick a different choice than D. Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia) 
Alternative: Creeping mint (Meehania cordata or other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall; non-native options include perennial thymes or annual groundcover petunias 

G. Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensi
Alternative: Alumroot (Heuchera americana) or other herbaceous plant, one to two feet tall, interplanted with woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata 'Blue Perfume') 

H. River oats (Chasmanthium latifolium
Alternative: Other grass or fern, two to three feet tall 

I. Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) 'Honey Bee Blue' 
Alternative: Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) or black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii) or other herbaceous plant, two to three feet tall 

J. Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum incanum
Alternative: Impatiens or scented geranium or other herbaceous accent plant, one to three feet tall 

K. Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum 'Australe') 
Alternative: Alumroot (Heuchera americana) (a cultivar with inconspicuous flowers and evergreen foliage) or other groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall 

Key

1. Butterfly house 
2. Existing patio

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