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Smellie Shrubs & Plants Please

I have just taken over a small garden at the local mental health patients ward and the staff nurse wants a "sensory area " to assist in the day patients progress so I would like your help please to suggest what to plant

I have so far saved / grown on

Lavender twig

Ordinary mint

Tashkent mint



Its only a small area but there is a larger garden nearby for me to tame once I have experimented on this one

Help please friends

Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,445

    I like the bitter orange smell of the leaves of Houttuynia cordata chameleon.

    A lot of salvias have a scented leaf, also some pelargoniums, rose scented etc.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,274

    Hi NewBoy. There are lots of Thymes that are highly scented as well as Rosemary. I know you ask about scented plants but as an aside the lovely felted leaves of Stachys lanata are very tactile. Lemon verbena smells delicious and other herbs such as Basil and Marjoram are lovely too. For the larger garden you could think about Philadelphus or Choisya.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

    Thank you 

    For the longer term which roses could you as back ground plants ?

    Visually striking and very scented

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • Love the smell of bee balm/ bergamot plus the bees love the flowers. Similar plants to mints, it is in the same family and they have the same tendancies to spread and take over when they are happy.

    I always have to brush my rosemary when walking past.

    Some of my garden pinks have a very strong clove scent.

    +1 for hyacinths, nothing has been as strongly scented as the ones planted along my flower bed. They were alittle overwelming.

    You could also try some alpine/wild strawberries for taste.

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,022

    Not smelly as far as I know, but if it's a sensory garden, what about some of the plants with soft hairy leaves?

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

    Thanks all

    I have copied all your suggestions onto a new invention.......a piece of paper.....and Im heading for the local GC this week to start the research of whats available

    This is hopefully a medium term project to benefit the patients

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
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