We started our sensory garden a while ago but our puppy decided that all the plants needed digging up. Our dog is still young but is pretty much past that stage now, apart from the odd occasion so we thought we’d try again. I think that these planters were the best choice for us as they can be moved to the front garden (where the dog isn’t allowed) if she starts destroying them in our back garden.
Our sensory garden so far has raspberries, strawberries, mini garden strawberries (from a plant that used to be in my Great Granny’s garden years ago) and blackberries. I made sure that the children have plenty to smell, look at, touch and taste with these and they are a source of fascination each year. The plants are steadily spreading too so we get a good amount of fruit to eat each year.
We would like to grow some carrots in these at a later date, as they are deep enough (25cm deep) for them to grow well. It might be easier to keep the insects away from them in these planters too. For the time being though, we are still deciding on the best plants to put in the planters. So far we have thought about:
- Mint, for the smell and the taste. It is lovely being able to rub it between your fingers to release the scent;
- Lavender, I think lavender has interesting shaped flowers to look at and touch, plus it smells lovely;
- Lamb’s Ear, this has a wonderful texture for small hands to feel;
- Fragrant flowers, these will attract bees and the smell will be divine and;
- Forget-me-nots, my choice as these remind me of my happy childhood, with the beautiful yet delicate blue flowers.
We have also looked into some grasses that will rustle and make lovely sounds when blowing in the breeze. I have had pampas grass in my garden before (not at our current house) and it was difficult to get rid of, as we decided we didn’t like it. I think using a planter, such as these, would contain the grass of our choice to suit our needs. Maybe we could also invest in some bamboo wind chimes. The possibilities seem endless at the moment.
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The two planters that we chose have woven polythene sides with steel supports. The are very sturdy and measure 50cm x 25cm x 25cm, so a good size for a planter. They would be useful for patios and balconies. I also like that they have drainage holes, as I am notorious for overwatering plants. My children take after me too.
We are currently deciding which plants we would like for the second planter. We have decided that fragrant flowers and forget-me-nots would be best in one planter, as we don’t have any flowers in the garden like these. We are debating whether we want more edible plants, such as the mint or vegetables or whether we should put some lovely sounding grass in there. I think we will end up buying more planters, to be honest.
Have you made a sensory garden before? What did you put in it? It might help us to decide what we will put in the second planter!
Remember to check that plants are child friendly before adding them to a sensory garden. Some plants have thorns or can be poisonous. Please check with your local garden centre to make sure your children will be safe around the plants you chose for your sensory garden.
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Disclosure: We were given the two planters for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.