Monday, February 27, 2012

Design a Garden for Your Senses

Set the mood of your yard by designing a section that stimulates your senses and achieve   inner peace from your sensory garden.  

Stimulate your sense of touch, sight, scent, hearing and taste by designing a sensory garden that features flowers, ornamental grasses, bamboo and tasteful as well as aromatic herbs.  

Add a soothing water feature and a cozy outdoor living space where you can sit and relax.  When you design a garden that stimulates your senses you will find harmony.  

Water feature garden

Before you begin your garden you will need to decide on the type of plants that you would like to grow.  You will want to choose a color scheme that is compatible and soothing, as well as flowers, shrubs and herbs that are fragrant and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds

Choose ornamental grasses; fountain, reed or zebra grasses will give the garden movement as well as lovely plumes and winter interest.  Fragrant flowering shrubs and vines:  ruby spice summersweet, sweet autumn clematis and Four O’clocks will perfume the air in late summer and early fall.
Add a water feature to your sensory garden. The water feature need not be large however one that has water cascading down rocks into a shallow pool will provide you with the sense of sight and hearing.  The trickling water is a natural way to relax your mind and body.  

Designing Garden for Senses

Decide on the location of your sensory garden.  Allot space for flower, herb and grass gardens, as well as feature water garden, and sitting area.  Your garden should appeal to the eye by inviting you to different focal areas.  

A focal area could be your water feature, a pergola over a comfortable seating area, a colorful coneflower garden or butterfly garden.  When you have decided upon the location of your garden you would then measure it.  

Measure the space of your garden and then draw out the locations of each garden.  Use color pencils to indicate the color scheme of the plants.  Section off your sensory gardens; assign specific areas for plants.  You may want to plant bamboo or grasses with height in the back section of your garden as these plants will provide you with a living privacy hedge.  You may want to have a section for wildflowers, water garden, herbs, or a butterfly garden.  
Garden Path
Pave stone path to herb garden

Decide if you would want a natural stone garden path to connect all of the gardens to the outdoor living space.  Do a rough drawing to give you an idea of how you want your garden to look.

Excavate the garden area by clearing the area.  The best way to achieve this task is with a tiller, and a wheelbarrow to remove the sod.  Loosen the earth to the depth needed to install the pond and your container plants, shrubs or trees.  For planting amend the soil with compost or manure, the plants that you grow will stimulate your sense of sight taste and smell.

Install a water feature.  Set the fountain or pond close to the area where you will put your patio furniture. Add your seating or resting area to your garden.  Set outdoor furniture in the center of the garden also add a bench close to the garden path.  This resting areas will allow you to stimulate all of your senses.  Lie in a lounger or sit on the bench and read a book. Take a moment to close your eyes, listen to the sounds of the garden, breath in the aroma from the herbs and fragrant flowers.  Your daily stress will melt away and your body will be at peace.

Gardening Tips:
Accessorize your garden with wind chimes.  Hang the chimes in various locations in your garden.  When the wind blows the chimes will produce music. The wind music will stimulate your sense of hearing.

Add light to your garden by outlining the path with solar lights or accent feature areas with hanging solar lights.  The lights generate power from the sun and all soft lighting to your garden at night.

Here is a video that will give you an idea as to how to design a garden for your senses.


PMBenfield said...

You have given me LOTS to think about and plan for. Just waiting on the weather to get started.

S Golis said...

PMBenfield: Spring is a good time to plan a new garden, work on it when the days are in the mid 60's and then you can enjoy in the summer. For rental properties you may be able to do a removable stone walkway and patio with container plants in focal area, solar lights and wind chimes...If you can remove it I bet you can use it to design your sensory garden.