A meditation garden for the Lower Midwest.

Use this plants and design features to create a peaceful garden retreat in the Lower Midwest.

Plant list

A. Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
Alternative: Other small accent tree

B. Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata), choose a dwarf cultivar like 'Sherwood Compact'
Alternative: Other specimen plant with winter interest

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

D. Spotted horsemint (Monarda punctata)
Alternative: Downy wood mint (Blephilia ciliata) or other medium-height, scented, woody or herbaceous plant

E. Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)
Alternative: Other groundcover plant

F. Pink muhly ( Muhlenbergia capillaris)
Alternative: Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) or other small grass

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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