Creating and Caring for Rock Gardens
Some people may call Rock Gardens "old fashioned". Others, call them stylish
and new. The truth of the matter is, rock gardens have been around for a
long, long time. And, they've always been "in style". Styles change. Designs
may change. But, rock gardening has always been, and probably will always
be, very popular among home owners and home gardeners.
Rock garden designs are limited only by your imagination. It may also be
limited by your ability to move that big boulder to an appropriate location
in your yard.
Home owners and home gardeners place rock gardens in the front yard and the
back yard. They create them along the house or garage, along a sidewalk,
or set off in the yard by itself. They also make an attractive garden
berm. These gardens are often an integral part of the home landscape design.
The Basics of a Rock Garden:
It's real simple, a rock garden employs rocks. You can use big rocks, small
rocks, matter of fact all kinds of rocks. Rocks come in unlimited shapes,
and a wide range of natural, earth tone colors. In creating a rock garden,
there is no right or wrong. Take a big rock, or boulder, and build a flower
garden around it, creating a rock garden. Or, you can uses a number
of rocks to create a frame around your garden.... you now have a rock garden.
You can also use rocks to create a frame for a raised bed garden. These
gardens are popular on hillsides for terracing, and to stop soil erosion.
The second thing you need is flowers. Key characteristics for selecting flowers
for your rock garden are:
Size- most rock gardens utilize smaller plants. In general, for big rocks,
select bigger flowers. For small rocks, choose small flowers. The flowers
should always be smaller than the rock. Flowers should accent the rocks,
not hide them.
Flower Colors- Here's where the home gardener can get really creative and
stylish. Select flower colors to compliment or contrast with the rock colors
you have selected.
Perennials are the most popular flowers. They allow you to plant once, and
the perennials will grow for years undisturbed with little attention. You
can use herbs, too.
Plant Ph Range - Rock gardens and surrounding natural soil is often neutral
to slightly alkaline. For the best performance, select plants that
prefer slightly alkaline soil. If you bring in soil to fill your rock garden,
soil pH may not be an issue.
Need Rocks for your Gardens!?
Try Artificial Rocks.........
Artificial Rocks were first used to cover unsightly utilities and wells.
Rock gardeners found them irresistibly attractive.
Flower selection should accent or highlight the rocks you have used.
Here are some recommended flowers for rock gardens:
Note: You may find almost any flower shows well around rocks and boulders.
For example we've seen Black Eyed Susan and a variety of daisies perfectly
adorning large boulders. Clumps of Ornamental Grasses look great around large
On occasion, a shrub may be used. Care should be taken, to assure to choose
a shrub that fits the garden design, and does not overcrowd the setting or
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