Pacific Northwest Meditation Garden Plan

Evergreen huckleberry and Pacific madrone help accent this low-maintenance garden sanctuary.
Pacific Northwest Meditation Garden

Pacific Northwest Meditation Garden

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

Landscape plan by Leah Gardner. Illustrations by Brooke Morgan

A meditation garden plan for the Pacific Northwest.

Looking for a tranquil garden space? Use these design elements and planting ideas to create a meditation garden in the Pacific Northwest.

Plant List 

A. Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) 
Alternative: Manzanita (Arctostaphylos spp.) or other small accent tree 

B. Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) 
Alternative: Pacific rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum), salal (Gaultheria shallon) or other specimen plant with winter interest 

C. Basin wildrye (Leymus cinereus) 
Alternative: Other tall grass 

D. Sage (Salvia spp.), appropriate to area 
Alternative: Other medium-height, scented, woody or herbaceous plant 

E. White mountain heather (Cassiope mertensiana) 
Alternative: Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva- ursi) or other groundcover plant 

F. Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis foliosa) 
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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