Sensory Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Kirksville, Mi
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Question by ghunt1
April 27, 2010
Please give me suggestions for perennial/low care plants for a public library sensory garden for the 5 senses; sight, sound, touch, taste, smell. Thank You

Answer from NGA
April 27, 2010
Plants for Sensory Gardens include:
Lambs Ears ( Stachys byzantia) ~ very silk foilage feeling just like a little lambs ears. Silver Sage ( Salvia argentea) ~ has silvery white leaves that feel a little bit like cotton wool to the touch. Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticaosa) ~ very soft leaves that feel a bit like down feathers. Houseleek ( Sempervivum "Commander Hay)
~ this plants leaves are very rigid and tought to touch. Prickly bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) ~ very prickly leaves for feeling. Globe Thistle (Echinops) spiky flower heads. African sundew ( Drosera capensis; meat-eating plant that catches its prey using a glue-like substance on the surface of its leaves , very sticky to touch! Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum): large spiny seed heads. Hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) hairy leaves.

Tasty Plants include organic vegetables, Nasturtiums, Violas, Berries ( blueberries, stawberries, raspberries), Swiss chard 'Bright Lights', Sweetcorn (rustles in the wind), Peppermint, pineapple sage, rosemary, thyme, anise, Rosemary, etc.

Plants to see: Balloon Flowers ( blue blossom), Ret Hot Pokers, Jacob's Ladder,
Solomon's Seal, Giant Sunflowers, Gigantic Grasses, Poppies ( large ones and multicolored ones), Wildflower meadow mix, Cornflowers, Zinnias, marigolds, purple carrots, giant pumpkins, marigolds.

Plants to hear: Rattle Snake Grass , Greater quaking grass, Briza maxima, Bamboo Phyllostachys ( whispering sound), Love in the Mist ( rattling seed heads)
Miscanthus oligostachyus 'Nanus Variegatus'( bamboo-like foliage that is noisy),
Sweetcorn (rustles in the wind), Canterbury bell (Campanula medium) attracts lost of buzzing bees.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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