A sensory garden is not only a good place to unwind and relax after a stressful day, but is also an excellent place to stimulate the senses of growing children and people with certain types of disabilities. A sensory garden, as the name suggest, should have the components which will stimulate all your senses: vision, audio, touch, taste and smell. To achieve all this, you must choose a garden design which will incorporate all the above mentioned sensory stimulants.
All the elements including the type of plants you choose to plant, the garden lighting (both natural and artificial) and other associated elements should be carefully chosen in such a way that the whole set-up will be aesthetically pleasing.
Big Budget Not Needed
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a big budget to build a sensory garden. All you need is clever planning and a vision as to how the garden should look after it is completed. With a big budget, you will run the risk of adding too many elements in a very small place, cluttering the whole set-up. Having a limited budget is in a way a blessing in disguise.
Visual, Auditory and Olfactory Stimulus
Choose plants with different colours of flowers. Plants with coloured leaves are also available in market, but it is strongly recommended that you avoid those kinds of plants. The plants you choose should not only have the visual appeal but also have flowers with good smell. There is no dearth of options in the plants which have flowers with attractive colours as well as good smell. If you have a yard where you can plant these plants, then you can choose plants which grow into herbs and even trees. If you are using pots, then choose herbs or at the most, shrubs.
The rustling of the leaves is more than sufficient for the auditory stimulus. However, you can set up a small waterfall or fountain. Running water will also provide an additional stimulant for touch, when you put your hand in the water.
Taste and Touch
Each and every plant, bark, and leaf has a unique texture. So, you will have plenty of different textures to touch and feel, along with the coolness running water. For taste, you might want to consider planting herbs such as rosemary, thyme and cilantro. These not only add the taste element for your garden but can also be used for seasoning in your cooking. You can also add some berry plants like strawberry but they might prove to be difficult to maintain. If you are up to it, you can give it a try.