Now this is perhaps the trickiest of the senses to accommodate for, but certainly not impossible! Plants can provide sounds for the garden directly and indirectly.
A breeze through certain plants can provide some beautiful rustling noises. Think of bamboos and other grasses. There are large grasses that can provide a great feature in the garden (like the majestic Stipa gigantea, or Giant Feather Grass), while bamboos can form a good screen. With such plants it is important to be careful that they do not spread, as many are quite invasive. Some other flowering plants provide us with sounds too; like the rattling of the seeds in the pods of a Nigella damascena (Love-in-a-mist).
Indirectly, plants can be used to attract wildlife that will then provide your garden’s soundtrack. Tweeting birds and buzzing bees can all be attracted by providing them with plenty of food like fruit and nectar-rich flowers, respectively.
A water feature of some sort or another will contribute too. Everyone loves the tranquil trickling of a fountain or a stream. Water in the garden will also attract animals like frogs and toads; their croaking an essential ingredient to a warm summer evening spent outdoors. The greatest benefit of attracting all this wildlife is that you have invited into your garden a natural pest control!
By all means then, add the extra ‘dimension’ of sound to your garden and indulge your ears in symphony provided by the orchestra of the earth!
Next week, enjoy learning about the benefits of having the sense of taste accommodated for in the garden.