I have included some of my favourite sensory garden plants, the ones I include a sensory area project. Most of the sensory plants, listed in this article, can be planted in a garden for people with dementia too.
I have listed plants in categories according to the different ways they release scent.
Scents that fill the air without touching the plant
Sensory plants you need to get up close to.
Plants you need to pinch or crush in your hand.
Plants that give off scent when crushed under foot.
Don't forget a very important sensory organ, our tongue.
Plants for taste
Safe fruits and vegetables include pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, carrots, strawberries. Herbs, like mint, dill, and parsley can be good for flavoring many types of food as well as providing colour and texture in a sensory garden design. Lists of easy to grow fruit and vegetables here growing your own.
Try this Wildflower lawn
Scents without touching the plant Mock orange, Philadelphus, some roses, Honeysuckle, and the Curry plant.
Sensory plants to get up close to smell the scent Violet, primrose and some Narcissus.
Ones to pinch or crush in your hand Peppermint, Apple mint, Lemon thyme most culinary herbs, Camomile and scented Geranium.
Pathways, Plant fragrant plants like rosemary, lavender, honeysuckle, sweet alyssum, lemon balm, mint, and sweet peas along paths and entrances where they can be fully appreciated.