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

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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