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Creating the perfect retirement garden

Gardening for the senses: How to create a garden that not only looks good but also smells, sounds, and even feels good.

Gardens are often designed with the visual aspect in mind. However, a garden can be so much more than just a feast for the eyes; it can be a sanctuary that appeals to all your senses. Here’s how to create a garden that not only looks good but also smells, sounds, and even feels good.

The Visual Element: Colour and Form

The visual aspect is undoubtedly crucial in any garden. Choose a variety of plants that offer different shapes, sizes, and colours to create a visually stimulating environment.

The Olfactory Element: A Symphony of Scents

Incorporate aromatic plants like lavender, rosemary, and jasmine to engage your sense of smell. These plants not only smell divine but also have therapeutic properties.

The Auditory Element: The Sound of Nature

The sound of rustling leaves, chirping birds, and trickling water can be incredibly soothing. Consider adding a water feature or wind chimes to bring peaceful sounds to your garden.

The Tactile Element: Texture and Touch

Plants like lamb’s ear, moss, and ornamental grasses offer unique textures that invite touch. These plants can make your garden a tactile paradise.

Sensory Garden Activities: Engage and Explore

Engaging in sensory gardening activities can be both fun and therapeutic. Whether it’s a texture scavenger hunt or DIY wind chimes, these activities can make your garden a sensory haven and be great fun for all the family.


Creating a garden that appeals to all senses can elevate your gardening experience to a whole new level. By incorporating elements that engage each sense, you can create a sanctuary that serves as a retreat for both the body and mind.

Grow Gardens

Creating a sensory garden is more than just an aesthetic endeavour; it’s an invitation to experience nature in a more intimate and fulfilling way. At Grow Gardens, we specialise in crafting gardens that not only look good but engage all your senses. From aromatic plants to soothing water features, our designs aim to create a sanctuary for both the body and mind.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of a garden that appeals to all senses and would like to explore this further, we’d love to hear from you. Let’s work together to transform your garden into a sensory haven that enriches your life in every way.

If you have any questions, then please contact Grow Gardens on 01223 948868 or email: [email protected].

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