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Native Perennial Bed at Brookfield Farm

Native Perennial Bed at Brookfield Farm

The CSA where my family gets our veggies and dairy, Brookfield Farm, is expanding their accessible garden.  I wanted to share the starter list of plants for a sensory garden, which I compiled to spark their creativity at their first planning meeting.  Some of these plants would also be fun in a garden for children, because they appeal to senses of touch and smell, as well as having eye-catching, bright colors. Enjoy!

Unless otherwise noted, all perennials are native to North America (many to New England), hardy to zone 5, drought tolerant, and low-maintenance.  Many of the red flowers will be butterfly-attractive.

Perennials

Latin Common Notes
Achillea millefolium Yarrow Red/yellow, long bloomer
Artemesia Wormwood Fragrant, fuzzy leaves; *poisonous*
Ascelpias tuberosa Butterfly-weed Seedpods explode into soft floss
Clematis ‘Sweet Autumn’ Non-native climber, fragrant
Comptonia peregrina Sweetfern Fragrant, foliage plant
Echinacea hybrids ‘Tomato Soup’, ‘Sunrise’, ‘Sundown’ Coneflower Red/yellow, fragrant, cones for texture
Meehania cordata Mountain mint Fragrant groundcover
Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ Bee-balm Red, fragrant
Rudbeckia nitida Black-eyed Susan Yellow, cones for texture
Sedum telephoides/ nevii/ ternatum Stonecrop Succulent leaves for texture; winter structure
Solidago rugosa Goldenrod Excellent value for pollinators
Stachys byzantina Lambs’ Ear Thick,fuzzy leaves; deer-resistant; non-native

 

Annuals

Amaranthus caudatus Love-lies-bleeding Velvety flower spikes
Brugmansia Angel Trumpet Fragrant; can be overwintered indoors if grown in a pot, *poisonous*
Pennesetum ‘Rubrum’ Purple Fountain Grass Fluffy seedheads
Petunia Petunia Fragrant
Tagetes’ Inca Yellow’, ‘Safari Red’ Marigolds Fragrant

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