Matt Leacy, founder and creative director of Landart Landscapes, put this idea into practice by transforming an atrium for cancer patients at Sydney Adventist Hospital. “We know that gardens and nature can have valuable therapeutic and restorative benefits on people, and we wanted to bring garden elements into the hospital to hopefully assist the physical and mental wellbeing of patients,” says Matt.
Matt believes that anyone can find restorative benefits in outdoor spaces – from reflection and relaxation to tranquillity and healing. He says, it’s about bringing senses alive with different materials, designs, colours, scents and sounds.
He adds, “Plants and flowers can help to bring a sensory garden to life – offering comfort, relaxation and stimuli.” According to Matt, there are different types of plants that appeal to different senses. Textured plants like Lamb’s Ears and Banksias are great for touch, while frangipani, gardenia and port wine magnolia are stunning flowers that perfume outdoor areas. “For both taste and scent, organic herb gardens and veggie patches are definite winner.”
“Landscape design also has a massive impact on the way an outdoor space feels. You want your area to have multiple facets and dimensions without closing off the space completely, a way to limit this is by employing boundary screening plants and slender weaving bamboo. Also try to incorporate winding paths rather than direct tracts to inject positive energy into the space, as well as colours that blend with natural tones – natural stone and hardwood, for instance.”
For more tips and tricks from Matt, visit his website.