Sensory plants are those wonderful creations that can stimulate our senses instantly. They create a bond of love between humans and nature.
We may often admire a garden for its beautiful blooming flowers, the sweet scent of the flowers, or the beautiful foliage. But how often do we really like to have some plants around?
As opposed to a simple plant, a sensory plant can create a lovely longing inside us and make us aware of your senses that have suddenly come alive. They can awake our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and sensory skin.
Benefits of sensory plants
Sensory plants are different from each other. Not all of them are alike in its properties. Each type of these plants can affect each one of our sensory organs. here are the few examples and the senses that it affects.
The sweet fragrance from the flowers and the leaves can affect or influence our emotions. Lavender, mint, lemongrass, etc send their scent into the air. Other plants like geranium emit their aroma when their leaves are crushed. Either way, the smell of the plants reaches our sensory organs. Lavender has calming effects and has direct influence on cognitive health.
Nothing compares to the visual treat of a garden arranged artistically with spread our colored flowers. Our eyes easily absorb the beauty of the color burst and would be in awe. It is one of the quickest ways to forget our worries. Not only is this cool on the eyes but it would also avoid the over-stimulation of our sight.
Imagine yourself standing under a tree that has dancing leaves under the wind. The soothing sound of the leaves rubbing each other has a calming effect on our senses. It can even temporarily transport us back to a wonderful place from where we may not wish to return. Such is the power of nature on our senses.
If you can’t have a tree around you, the next best option is a water fountain inside the home or a wind chime at your window or door. All of these sounds reach the same destination and have the similar effect on us.
The sound of the leaves dancing in the wind creates a soothing sound. It is nature’s way of calming our mind and senses. Each sensory plant has its own sound of moving. Have a small fountain or a wind chime nearby to enhance the positive effects on the sound sensory organ.
The taste of the edible fruits, vegetables, and leaves is treating our taste buds. While creating a sensory garden do not forget these taste sensory plants. Include plenty of herbs, crunchy food as well as nuts in the diet. Each of these has a different texture that would have a different kind of effect.
The texture of the leaves and flowers stimulate the tactile senses. While taking a stroll in the garden simply run your fingers over the plants. Their texture which is likely different for each plant will make you feel good in a jiffy. This trick works best to enlighten the mood when we feel a little down.
Sensory garden ideas
Sensory plants are the natural ways for the children to get to know their environment. It is much easier and safer for them to explore nature without much trouble. But care must be taken to avoid any poisonous plants in the garden and also have someone accompany them to these plants all the time. Have the sensory plants differentiated according to the sense they stimulate. It creates some sort of design and makes it easy to identify one from the other.
Kids can enjoy some time in sh gardens. There also are some sensory garden activities for them to enjoy. Have a variety of plants with different textures in the garden if you have children around. It helps them differentiate between the textures easily. Moreover, they can differentiate the plants on the basis of their flowers and leaves or their textures.
List of some sensory garden plants
Here is a small list of sensory plants according to their sensory effects.
- Scent: Rose, aromatic herbs, honeysuckle, lavender, chocolate cosmos, sweet pea, etc.
- Sight: Sunflowers, marigold, Chameleon plant, Swiss chard, chocolate ruffles, etc.
- Sound: Briza grass, Nigella, Nanus variegates for bamboo-like leaves, sweet corn, and bamboo.
- Taste: All kinds of edible fruits and vegetables.
- Touch: Silver sage, African sundew, Houseleek, Jerusalem sage, lamb’s ear, moss.