Use this plan to design a meditation garden in your region.

Create a quiet, restful space in your Southwestern garden with these plants, flowers and design elements.

Plant list

A. Arizona madrone (Arbutus arizonica)
Alternative: Utah serviceberry (Amelanchier utahensis) or other small accent tree

B. Soaptree (Yucca elata)
Alternative: Other specimen plant with winter interest

C. Bamboo muhly (Muhlenbergia dumosa)
Alternative: Lindheimer's muhly (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri), deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) or other tall grass

D. Orange hummingbird mint (Agastache aurantiaca)
Alternative: Sunset hyssop (Agastache rupestris), a sage (Salvia spp.) that's appropriate to area, or other medium-height, scented, woody or herbaceous plant

E. Mat penstemon (Penstemon caespitosus)
Alternative: Other groundcover plant

F. Blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis) or Mexican feather grass (Nasella tenuissima)
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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