Meditation Garden for the Rockies and High Plains
Fragrant plants and stirring grasses bring extra charm to this beautiful garden sanctuary.
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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.
Winterberry, red-osier dogwood and hyacinth bean help provide color throughout the seasons in this beautiful garden design.
This landscape plan will give gardeners in the Rockies and High Plains a fragrant, colorful "wrap" for any patio.
Ninebark, prairie sage, snowberry and other native plants help make the best use of rainfall in this earth-friendly garden design.