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Meditation Garden for the Upper Midwest

Native plants and bamboo panels help make this a beautiful, low-maintenance garden retreat.

Grasses stir in the scented breezes. Bamboo panels and strategically placed plants create seclusion. This meditation-garden plan, elegant in its simplicity, creates a peaceful, soothing spot for quiet reflection.

Flagstones trace a circular path to the seating area, which accommodates a bench or a yoga mat. A small tree provides shade and perspective. In front of the bench a water element of your choice — whether a small fountain or a beautiful bowl of water — becomes a focal point. Beyond that stands a large boulder; a meditative art object can be substituted. Candle lanterns or solar lights light this garden for evening visits. And from the outside, the bamboo fence's varied height gives the meditation garden a sculptural quality.

The simple planting plan uses low-maintenance native plants, including grasses and perennial herbs, plus a shrub for winter interest. Feel free to substitute, where hardy, non-invasive exotic herbs such as lavender, sage or rosemary for the perennial herbs. Thyme would make a wonderful scented groundcover in areas as cold as USDA Zone 5. Other plants may be suitable, but be sure not to plant any invasive exotic species.

See next page for the plan.

Plant list

A. Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Alternative: Other small accent tree
B. Red osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera)
Alternative: Other specimen plant with winter interest
C. Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Alternative: Other tall grass
D. Blue sage (Salvia azurea)
Alternative: Other medium-height, scented, woody or herbaceous plant
E. Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
Alternative: Other groundcover plant
F. Little bluestem (Schyzachyrium scoparium)
Alternative: Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) or other small grass

Key


  1. Stone-edged patio (patio surface can be pea gravel, concrete or flagstone)

  2. Water feature (bowl or fountain)

  3. Boulder

  4. Bamboo fence, 2' x 6' panels

  5. Bamboo fence, 2' x 4' panels

  6. Bamboo fence, 2' x 2' panels

  7. Candle lantern (or solar light)

  8. Stepping stones

  9. Entrance

  10. Bench

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Landscape plan by Leah Gardner
Illustrations by Brooke Morgan

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