A scheme for a sensory garden in the Southeast.

Relish the seasons and indulge your senses in this sensory garden designed for your Southeastern home.

Plant List

A. Ironwood (Carpinus caroliniana)
Alternative: River birch (Betula nigra), dwarf variety like 'Dura-heat' or 'Little King', or other small accent tree

B. Dwarf summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird')
Alternative: Medium-sized shrub, three to five feet tall

C. Dwarf summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Sixteen Candles')
Alternative: Shrubby St. John's wort (Hypericum frondosum 'Sunburst') or other small shrub, two to three feet tall

D. Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia)
Alternative: Creeping mint (Meehania cordata) or other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall; non-native options include perennial thymes or annual groundcover petunias

E. Little bluestem (Schyzachirium scoparium 'The Blues')
Alternative: Prairie dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepis) or other small ornamental grass, one foot tall

F. Pick a different choice than D. Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia)
Alternative: Creeping mint (Meehania cordata or other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall; non-native options include perennial thymes or annual groundcover petunias

G. Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensi)
Alternative: Alumroot (Heuchera americana) or other herbaceous plant, one to two feet tall, interplanted with woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata 'Blue Perfume')

H. River oats(Chasmanthium latifolium)
Alternative: Other grass or fern, two to three feet tall

I. Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) 'Honey Bee Blue'
Alternative: Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) or black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii) or other herbaceous plant, two to three feet tall

J. Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum incanum)
Alternative: Impatiens or scented geranium or other herbaceous accent plant, one to three feet tall

K. Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum 'Australe')
Alternative: Alumroot (Heuchera americana) (a cultivar with inconspicuous flowers and evergreen foliage) or other groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall


This overview shows the scheme for planting a sensory garden in the Southeast.


Key

1. Butterfly house
2. Existing patio

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