In designing and creating sensory gardens, the greater your attention to detail, the better your results will be. Giving careful consideration to the layout, as well as the vegetative and hardscape elements before you begin will help you to achieve a space that best meets the needs of your users.
Below are a few tips and things to consider when designing and implementing your sensory garden.
General design principles
- Sensory gardens are designed to be interactive spaces so select plants that can withstand regular handling and people breaking off leaves to smell and taste them. Choose hardy plants wherever possible.
- Well-chosen native plants are often a good choice for your garden as they will normally suit your environment.
- Make sure that you provide spaces in your garden to shelter users from rain, sun and wind.
- Ensure that all the hardscape inclusions in your garden are fit for purpose and in good working order. For example: musical pipes are not too difficult to produce sound from and water features are not unreliable or suffer from technical difficulties.