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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 stimulating and sensory 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, support cognitive development, and are calming.

Sensory houseplants and gardens are designed with the purpose of stimulating senses like smell, touch, taste, sight, and sound. To add the perfect sensory houseplants to your indoor garden, it’s better to know everything about the plants to maintain the desired atmosphere.

Velvet textured green leafy plant with a contrasting purple trim.

Touch

For touch sensory, think of textures; smooth, velvety, or crinkled. Plants such as the Sage, Begonia, Fig and Ficus, and Aloe Vera increase the sense of touch. You can also grow sensory houseplants 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.

 

Clustered presentation of varying types of succulents plants.

Sight

Plants with an abundance of color and patterns create ideal sight sensory houseplant choices. Orchids and Succulents are perfect as they look beautiful in any space with colorful flowers exhibiting charming bright shades and come in different sizes, shapes, and patterns that help boost the visual effect.

 

Potted spiky pineapple plant grown a small space.

Taste

Plants that not only provide lovely foliage but 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 are appealing for sight, smell, and taste sensory houseplants.

 

The lush foliage of a Mint Plant that  also provides fresh fragrance.

Smell

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 sensory houseplants you can grow indoors easily, place them in a spot where it gets bright, indirect sunlight throughout the day.

 

Rustling Bamboo Palm leaves provides a calm ambient sound of nature.

Sound

Sound can often sooth or make us anxious, so the calming sounds of rustling leaves or branches shift our minds to reconnect with nature. Sensory houseplants like Bamboo Palms are perfect for indoor growing and make a pleasant sound when wind passes through its stems. Ornamental grass also stimulates the sense of hearing.