Agreed, we can give more specifics once you have answered imafan's questions.
In the meantime elements of a meditation garden include simplicity, appeal to the senses, timelessness, space. Simplicity means spareness , focus on the lines and elements. Appeal to the senses would be color, used sparingly so it is noticed, beautiful forms, art objects, pleasant sounds (wind chimes, water, grasses, etc), fragrance (pines, fragrant flowers). Timelessness is conveyed by using aged materials that look like they have been there forever. You can get a concrete statue (or even a few plain blocks or stone) and paint it with a mix of moss and buttermilk blended together and it will quickly grow moss. One trick for making your garden look more spacious is to have large stones in front and smaller stones in back, especially in a line, so you have artificial foreshortening.
Imafan is right, meditation garden would usually include water either real or imagined. That can be a small fountain:
or a dry streambed:
(note smaller rocks in back)
Basic nature elements are earth, air, water, fire. Earth is of course all around but is represented by stone. Air is represented by prayer flags, banners, those grasses or other elements that move with the breeze. Fire could be a few large candles and then of course the water feature.
If you can manage it, some covered space to sit under would be good, like a simple gazebo. If you can't build a roof, you could use a large picnic umbrella.
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