Northeast Meditation Garden

Native grasses and accent plants, plus bamboo panels, create this secluded garden retreat.
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Northeast Meditation Garden

Northeast Meditation Garden

Photo by: Landscape plan by Leah Gardner. Illustrations by Brooke Morgan

Landscape plan by Leah Gardner. Illustrations by Brooke Morgan

Find tranquility outdoors with this meditation garden plan.

The right plants and design elements make for a restful, memorable Northeast Meditation Garden.

Plant List

A. Striped maple (Acer pennsylvanica) 
Alternative: Allegheny serviceberry ( Amelanchier laevis) or other small accent tree 

B. Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) 
Alternative: Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia ) or other specimen plant with winter interest 

C. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) 
Alternative: Other tall grass 

D. Sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina) 
Alternative: Other medium-height, scented, woody or herbaceous plant 

E. Sand heather (Hudsonia tomentosa) 
Alternative: Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) or other groundcover plant 

F. Palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis) 
Alternative: Other small grass 

Meditation Garden Plan

Meditation Garden Plan

Photo by: Landscape plan by Leah Gardner. Illustrations by Brooke Morgan

Landscape plan by Leah Gardner. Illustrations by Brooke Morgan

Create a garden plan to foster tranquility.


  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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