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Tips for designing a sensory garden

Consider whether you are matching elements of garden design before, during, and on an ongoing basis.

Form and Structure

Consider color, texture, and shape when designing your garden. What plants will give the appearance you wish for? Think about tree stems, the shape of the leaves, and the colors of the flowers. Envision the ending form.


A good style has colors that mesh well with the hardscape and the surrounding landscape. What combinations of colors make both the hardscape and the flowers, leaves, and bark look better.


Keep your plans in scale. We often have big pictures as to what we want our garden to look like from above, but always try to see things from the perspective of the ground. When those plants grow in, are they going to look like you expect them to.


Start with a computer or paper. That is always your first step in the process.


If people (like you) don’t love the design, have the guts to try something new. Just because other people like it or have designed it that way doesn’t mean you have to do the same.


Find privacy from others in creative ways. A sensory garden should be an immersive experience of refuge. Ensure people can relax without the prying eyes of others.


Consider your shapes in the garden. Sculptures and other creative elements can match shapes and textures in the garden to create a sense aof order.

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