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

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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