Sensory Houseplants for your Indoor Garden
Imagine growing houseplants that are visually stunning but also have amazing mental and physical health benefits. The great news is that you can! Growing sensory and stimulating houseplants is valuable for children and adults, who may have sensory processing issues and other disabilities, but also for individuals after plants that encourage exploration and discovery skills, supports cognitive development and are calming.
A sensory garden is designed with the purpose of stimulating senses like smell, touch, taste, sight and sound. To add the perfect sensory plants to your indoor garden, it’s better to know everything about the plants to maintain the desired atmosphere.
For touch sensory, think of textures; smooth, velvety or crinkled. Plants such as the Sage, Begonia, Fig and Ficus, Aloe Vera increase the sense of touch. You can also grow plants like Purple Passion, Velvet Calathea, African Violets and White Velvet plants that feel soft which helps to induce a calm mind with their beautiful touch. Pothos plants are also known to have physiological and psychological effects when their foliage is touched.
Plants with an abundance of colour and patterns create ideal sight sensory plant choices. Orchids and Succulents are perfect as they look beautiful in any space with colourful flowers exhibiting charming bright shades and come in different sizes, shapes and patterns that help boost the visual effect.
Plants that not only provide lovely foliage and are editable are a great addition to any home. Try to grow fruit plants like strawberries and pineapples that can be enjoyed year-round in a limited space of your indoor garden. Growing citrus plants are not only a great choice for fruits, but they look great and smell great.
Sense of smell has a very positive impact on our mood. Herbs are a great option for stimulating sensory. Try growing herbs like lemongrass, mint, lemon balm, and rosemary which act great in lifting mood and relieving stress. Lavender, geranium and eucalyptus are the best fragrant plants you can grow indoors easily, place them in a spot where it gets bright, indirect sunlight throughout the day.
The calming sounds of rustling leaves or branches shift our minds to reconnect with nature. Bamboo Palm is perfect for indoor growing and makes a pleasant sound when wind passes through its stems. Ornamental grass also stimulates the sense of hearing.