sensory garden plant choices

bedford8a(8a)September 9, 2011

I'm baaaackkk. I had asked you all about a Biblical-themed garden at my school a week ago. Now my principal has shown me a raised garden bed in the preschool playground area she wants me to plant.

I thought a sensory garden might be good here. The plot is in full sun and is raised. I was thinking of planting herbs and flowers that the preschoolers can rub, touch and smell. What other herbs and flowers can you recommend that are non-toxic and pretty tough.

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fennel, rosemary and mint would be my favorites

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 6:50PM
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If you would like plants to smell
lemon basil
lemon balm
lemon thyme
Mexican mint marigold
sweet annnie
all the scented mints

One of my favorite things to do is to let guests smell plants and try to guess what they are. Once I took about 30 leaves to work and let my coworkers guess. They were so surprised that there were so many different smells.

copper canyon daisy also (it gets rather large)

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 7:20PM
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See my Sept. 9 reply on your 1st post.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 7:44PM
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add Vick's plant / plectranthus. It's a smell they recognize.

Next year you could plant cotton. they can see where it comes from. Email me for seeds if you do want to do that.

another good plant for feeling is mullien...or lamb's ear.

Here is a website with more information on doing the garden:

good luck !


    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 8:26PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Chocolate mint

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 12:02PM
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lamb's ear

touch me not plant (mimosa pudica)

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 4:49PM
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My favorite plants to touch have always been succulents. I love to gently squeeze aloe vera leaves, although it might be too pokey for kids. There are lots of other succulents that aren't spiny, though. Maybe one of those flap-jack kalanchoes? If you have a spot for a tree, I enjoy the smooth feel of Crape Myrtle bark. Ornamental grasses with soft plumes might be nice.

You should find something that makes nice sounds in the wind, too - something like inland sea oats maybe?

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 11:29AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I think a good poke every once in awhile teaches kids a valuable lesson.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 1:12PM
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Ramie, it is a plant used to make cloth but has the most wonderfully textured leaves.
Clerodendrum trichotomum-smells like peanut butter
Lemon grass-yummy lemon
Piper auritum-smells like root beer and it`s edible!
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 2:35PM
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I can vouch for basil being surprisingly hardy; I planted some next to the water faucet right before my toddler discovered handles. It's not exactly thriving, but it's fine after being stepped on repeatedly.

He loves to pet the rosemary, too. And anything with flowers.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 4:59PM
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