Upper Midwest Meditation Garden Plan

Native plants and bamboo panels help make this a beautiful, low-maintenance garden retreat.
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Upper Midwest Garden

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

Landscape plan by Leah Gardner. Illustrations by Brooke Morgan

A meditation garden built for the Upper Midwest.

Find peace and tranquility in a meditation garden design by choosing plants and design suited to the Upper Midwest landscape.

Plant List 

A. Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) 
Alternative: Other small accent tree 

B. Red osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera) 
Alternative: Other specimen plant with winter interest 

C. Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) 
Alternative: Other tall grass 

D. Blue sage (Salvia azurea) 
Alternative: Other medium-height, scented, woody or herbaceous plant 

E. Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) 
Alternative: Other groundcover plant 

F. Little bluestem (Schyzachyrium scoparium) 
Alternative: Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) 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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