Sound

Gardeners' World - - Feelgood Gardens -

I would say sound is the trick­i­est sense to tackle in a gar­den, but as the Zoe Ball Lis­ten­ing Gar­den by James Alexan­der Sin­clair proved, it can be the most fun and ex­per­i­men­tal. He buried speak­ers be­neath large wa­ter fea­tures that you could just about hear and feel through your body. In our own spa­ces we can in­tro­duce sound by en­cour­ag­ing birds, plants that rus­tle, run­ning wa­ter, gravel paths or shin­gle and even the squeak of a gate.

Make it hap­pen

Think about sound sources, such as sur­faces that make par­tic­u­lar sounds as you walk on them – gravel, deck­ing, paving.

Use plants that swish in the wind, like bam­boos, or tall grasses such as mis­cant­hus. Or try things that clat­ter, like the tough leaves of hardy palms ( Trachy­car­pus for­tunei).

Add a run­ning wa­ter fea­ture. This will in­tro­duce sound that can be sooth­ing and dis­tract from traf­fic or noisy neigh­bours.

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