Plants That Tantalize All 5 Senses

When designing wellness gardens (or any garden for that matter), I prefer to use plants that tantalize all 5 senses.

Although most gardens look pretty, many don’t offer more than sight for sense stimulation.

The purpose of a wellness garden is to distract people from their current issues and to make them feel better. When senses are distracted by sights, sounds and smells, the mind can be easily swayed to relax and live in the moment.

Here are a few of my favorite plants, listed by the sense they arouse.

I see you:

These plants are all long blooming or have large blooms.

  • Phlox (all types)
  • Echinacea (coneflowers)
  • Hibiscus (moscheutos – perennial)
  • Heuchera (coral bells)
  • Gaillardia (blanket flower)


These plants all smell wonderful, some have scented foliage.

  • Monarda (beebalm)
  • Paeonia (peony)
  • Clematis (terniflora – Sweet Autumn)
  • Lavendula (lavender)
  • Hemerocallis (daylily – not all are fragrant)


These plants may need a bit of outside stimulus to create noise.

  • Chasmanthium (northern sea oats grass – rustles in wind )
  • Veronica (longifola spike – attracts noisy bees)
  • Baptisia (seedpods knock in wind)
  • Fargesia (hardy bamboo – poles bump in wind)
  • Hosta (large leaves amplify rain)


These plants are all edible and safe to eat. (Click here for more edible flowers)

  • Borago (officinalis tastes like cucumbers)
  • Nasturtiums (have a peppery bite)
  • Viola (violet – the leaves & flowers )
  • Dianthus (cheddar pinks – taste like cloves)
  • Trifolium (clover – tastes like honey)


These plants all have interesting textures or have other interesting sensations.

  • Artemisia (wormwood – so soft and fluffy)
  • Sedum (many different textures)
  • Ferns (great leaf structures)
  • Liatris (gayfeather – furry spike flowers)
  • Physostegia (obedient plant – flowers can be moved)

What are some plants that tantalize your 5 senses?

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11 thoughts on “Plants That Tantalize All 5 Senses

  1. A great idea for a Wellness Garden. 🙂
    I find many people just go for sight and forget all the other senses.
    Roses nowadays often have no scent at all! I have a floribunda that produces copious blooms but hardly any scent. So I bought a few that have a really heady scent and even with only one bloom I can “Smell the roses” as soon as I open the door. 😀
    And i absolutely love the sound of wind rustling through long grasses or trees. 🙂

    1. Thank you!
      Glad you found a nice smelly rose 🌹
      Yes, it really irks me about the lack of smell of most roses, even in bouquets. The only shrub ones that really do reliability are the rugosa types, which most folks don’t want, due to the thorns (lots) and the rose is a simple one.
      I love smells! All the plants I’ve planted in my windward window have scent. I’ve also planned it so something smelly is blooming all season. Right now, it’s the garden Phlox 😍😍

      1. Aw Lovely to have scents all year round, and well planned. 😀
        I find a lot of my plants don’t have a smell unless I am close up or rub the leaves – even my lavender.
        I have a lovely lime green fir bush that smells of lemons. All the male dogs who have been in my garden love it – and water it regularly! 😀

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