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Sensory Gardens And Children-Beneficial To Children With Sensory Disorders

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Sensory Garden Therapy


Sensory gardens are one of the best types of therapy you can expose your child to at home, children with sensory disorders benefit from these types of gardens. These gardens provide stimulation of the senses provided by the plants and materials in these types of gardens, these gardens engage children’s senses more than any other type of garden you will find. This is a great way to bond with your special needs child as well, read on to learn more about these gardens and how to add one to your home.


  • Sight
  • Smell
  • Touch
  • Taste
  • Sound


Sensory Gardens & Children


Children with special needs do extremely well in these types of gardens, nature and wildlife attracts and keeps these children interested. This provides a learning experience for these children, this type of learning experience is very helpful for children with sensory  disorders and sensory issues. This would make a great addition to your home as a family project, this has been very helpful for families with special needs children to bond and become closer.



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Sensory Garden Touching


The best plants for children to be able to touch are durable plants which withstands frequent handling, choosing a variety of different textured plants are especially good choices for this type of garden. Soft flowers are good choices and plants with fuzzy leaves interests these children, plants with succulent leaves are especially attractive to these children.


  • Succulents
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Mints
  • Parsley
  • Tarragon
  • Sage


Sensory Garden Scents


Pleasant scents are always attractive and makes a day in the garden a special time, plants which takes walking on which releases pleasant aroma’s are good choices. Planting these plants along pathways will provide consistent pleasant scents in the garden, two good choices of plants for intense scent are peppermint and rosemary.


  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Roses


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Sensory Garden Sights


For the most attractive sensory garden to the eye choose plants with various shades of green foilage, also plants with a variety of leaf shapes make this type of garden appealing to the eye. Always be choosy with a nice variety of flowers with different colors of blooms, special needs children are attracted to softer shades of flower instead of brighter shades. Adding bird baths and feeders will attract birds which amazes these children, floodlights for low-light times are very appealing. Many of the children love gardens with mirrors in them, also those colorful garden globes attracts the attention of the children.


Sensory Garden Taste


  • MInts
  • Chives
  • Cherry Tomato’s
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Edible Flowers
  • Fruit Trees & Shrubs
  • Vegetable Plants


Sensory Garden Sound


  • Wind Rushing Through The Plant Leaves
  • Grasses Rustling
  • Seed Pods Rattling


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Sensory Garden Non-Plant Materials


  • Wind Chimes
  • Bubbling Fountains
  • Bird Baths
  • Bird Feeders
  • Butterfly Boxes
  • Bird Houses
  • Water Harps


Sensory Garden Plants For Scents


  • Butterfly Bush
  • Gardenia
  • Jasmine
  • Lilac
  • Roses
  • Clematis
  • Climbing Rose
  • Honeysuckle
  • Passionflower
  • Wisteria
  • Basil
  • Bee Balm
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Geranium
  • Thyme


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Sensory Garden Plants For Sensory Effect


  • Jasmine
  • Feather Grass
  • Amaranth
  • Hares Tale Grass
  • Lambs Ear
  • Poppy Plant
  • Bamboos
  • Animated Oats
  • Balloon Flowers
  • Chinese Lantern
  • Money Plant
  • Pampas Grass


What Is On My Mind Today?


Sensory gardens are a great family project for the entire family, if you are looking for a family project to do at home this is one you should consider. Special needs children do very well in this type of environment, gardens provide a calming effect for everyone and especially for these children. This is something they find interesting and keeps their minds focused on the garden, this is something your special needs child can actually participate in with your guidance. Children love to be a part of something which they feel is important, by taking the time to demonstrate and helping your child they too can be a part of your family sensory garden.


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Resources & Help







  • lloyd says:

    I was not aware that there was such a thing with children. I knew about autism because I had a cousin that had it. It’s really great to have a website such as yours that not only reveals the disorder (if it can be called that) and help people to understand what can be done to help. Thank you for the revelation.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Lloyd,

      I thank you for visiting my website and reading my article, your comment is very important to me. I am writing these articles to inform more people about these children disorders, many families may have children with them and never know it otherwise.


  • DELJAR says:

    Thank you for this useful article. Having a sensory garden is indeed helpful for children with sensory issues. It is a good strategy for a parent like me to use for my son’s sensory issues. He has autism and likes to play in our communal garden. He is very much attracted to colourful flowers. He finds them beautiful and soft to touch.

    • admin says:

      Thank You

      I appreciate you sharing how your son benefits from your communal garden, bright colors and scents often attract children with autism. I am happy you shared this experience with my readers, hopefully more of my readers will consider adding garden therapy for their sensory issues children.


  • IllusiozTan says:

    Hi thanks for sharing about the sensory garden and its application to help those child with sensory disorder. This is the first time I come across this and personally I found that this garden can create a conducive environment that trigger the child’s study interest. This serve as a common ground for parents to interact with their child.

    For this type of sensory garden, I believe government can take the lead to create one in every neighborhood. Cultivating an environmental awareness among children when they are young play an important part in preserving our nature.

    • admin says:

      Thank You

      I love your idea of the government creating a sensory garden in every neighborhood for the children who live there, this would be very beneficial for the children and improve the neighborhood as well.


  • Ryan Kornegay says:

    This is a great article. I never knew about sensory gardens until I read this. I love how you are informing people on how to help others with children with sensory disabilities. I think we need more of this in our society. Another thing that caught my eye is how you have products that you are selling on the bottom. Also, I don’t know what stage of the process you are in with the website but I am curious to see what direction you plan on taking with it. I wish you all the best.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Ryan,

      I appreciate your comment on my post, the reason i have shared all my links at the bottom of my page is my main mission is to give my readers information to help them and their children, selling is not my main reason and what few products I share are only ones I think will help my readers and their children

      People should come first before success


  • Carly says:

    I used to LOVE gardening as a child with my grandfather, he had this massive garden full of fruits, vegetables, flowers and even had a little bee hive which he had down the back under his big lemon tree. After reading this, I can completely understand why I loved it so much. I know that this article was dedicated to talking about how it can assist special needs kids, but I definitely think (like you said) its a great way to bond with your kids and get them outdoors. Fantastic blog!

    • admin says:

      Thank You Carly,

      I really do appreciate you sharing the love of gardening with your grandfather, even though my posts are focused on special needs children all children and families can benefit from most of this information and bond and become closer to one another.

      Family is precious


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