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)