Southeast Meditation Garden

Here's a landscape plan for a peaceful, private garden sanctuary that shines throughout the seasons.
Southeast Meditation Garden

Southeast Meditation Garden

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

Landscape plan by Leah Gardner. Illustrations by Brooke Morgan

A restful garden tailor-made for the Southeast.

Use these suggested plantings and design elements to create a soothing Southeast meditation garden.

Plant List

A. Eastern redbud (Cercis Canadensis) 
Alternative: Silverbell (Halesia Carolina) or other small accent tree 

B. Hearts-a-bustin (Euonymus americanus) 
Alternative: Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) or other specimen plant with winter interest 

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

D. Spotted horsemint (Monarda punctata) 
Alternative: Narrowleaf mountain mint (Pycnantheum tenuifolium); non-native options include lavender, sage or rosemary) or other medium-height, scented, woody or herbaceous plant 

E. Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia) 
Alternative: Non-native options include thyme or other groundcover plant 

F. Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) 
Alternative: Little bluestem (Schyzachirium scoparium) or 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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