Visitors are warned not to sample any herbs as many are poisonous or can cause allergic reactions.
As you walk into the Garden from the Main Entrance, you’ll find the Sensory Garden on the right side of the main path, past the Rare and Endangered Plants. Surrounded by hedges of camellias (Camellia japonica ‘Jennifer Susan’) and lillypilly (Syzygium francisii ‘Little Gem’), it contains an abundance of plants that will tickle the senses.
Set into the lawn area inside the hedges are raised garden beds with the highly aromatic French lavender (Lavendula dendata).
A pergola is covered with wisteria (Wisteria spp.) and other flowering vines. The Lady’s Slipper vine (Thunbergia mysorensis) blooms most of the year and its pendulous clusters of red and yellow flowers are a cheerful display.
Herbs are also grown in raised beds for easy viewing. Many plants that are familiar to cooks are included – several members of the sage family (Salvia spp.), parsley (Petroselinum crispum), oregano (Origanum vulgare), sorrel (Rumex acetosa), basil (Ocimum gratissimum) and a bay tree (Laurus nobilis). Other herbs that are less familiar are used in medicines; e.g., comfrey (Symphytum officinale) or as insect repellents; e.g., wormwoods (Artemisia spp.).
A display of Australian and exotic grasses have been planted in the northeast corner adjacent to the rainforest. Nearby, Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac) as well as native and exotic gardenias (Randia fitzalanii and Gardenia augusta, respectively) perfume the air and flaunt their distinctive white flowers.