Meditation Garden for the Lower Midwest

Bamboo panels and native plants make this a low-maintenance garden retreat.

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Plant list

A. Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
Alternative: Other small accent tree

B. Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata), choose a dwarf cultivar like 'Sherwood Compact'
Alternative: Other specimen plant with winter interest

C. Sugarcane plumegrass (Saccharum giganteum)
Alternative: Other tall grass

D. Spotted horsemint (Monarda punctata)
Alternative: Downy wood mint (Blephilia ciliata) or other medium-height, scented, woody or herbaceous plant

E. Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)
Alternative: Other groundcover plant

F. Pink muhly ( Muhlenbergia capillaris)
Alternative: Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) or other small grass


  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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