Key plants in The Making Sense Garden

The garden has been designed to engage the senses of touch, sight and sound. Each plant has been thoughtfully selected to evoke one or more of these sensory experiences

Multi-stemmed trees

The two multi-stemmed Prunus serrula and the Betula utilis subsp. jacquemontii provide structure and focal points to the garden with their vibrant trunk colour and remarkable tactile bark.

Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’

Chosen for its vivid hue and its attractive tactile pompom. Has slightly darker blue spherical flowerheads than E. ritro, is good for cutting and flowers more than once in a season.


Grasses are chosen for their aural as well as tactile qualities. Calamagrostis, Hackonechloa macra and Pennisetum all feature.

Penstemon ‘Raven’

This long-flowering, pollinator friendly perennial is one of the accent plants used for visual impact in the planting scheme. Bell like flowers sit on long stems and nod gently in the breeze.

Stachys byzantia

Used for its silky soft texture and its ability to frame pathways and fill small spaces. A carpeting, evergreen perennial with thick, tactile, super soft leaves which earn the plant its common name of ‘Lamb’s ears’.

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