Rock Gardens Landscaping Ideas

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Rock gardening is an easy way to make your lawn and garden beautiful, yet keep it very low maintenance. Rock gardens are particularly useful for areas of your yard which tend to be quite dry, but they’re also quite beautiful in water run-off areas too, because you can design them to look like miniature river beds.

Creating a rock garden isn’t too difficult, but there is some planning involved. The first step to planning your rock garden is to select the area in which you plan to place it. You’ll also want to decide on the types of plants you’ll have in your rock garden, and what kind of rocks you’d like to have as well.

Small Pebbles and Stones

In most cases, little river rocks and pebbles are excellent to use for a general rock garden bed. You may want to select your rocks and pebbles based on color or uniformity of size and shape, or you might want to simply go out and collect a variety of interesting rocks to put into the garden instead.

The most attractive rock gardens usually have a base rock bed of small pebbles and stones though, and a variety of plants cropping up between them. Then larger, more interesting elements are placed into the rock garden as focal points, shade areas, and to simply make the rock garden more attractive.

Larger Rocks or Small Boulders

Some rock gardens, for instance, have a few larger rocks or even small boulders placed in strategic areas to create both interest and variety in the garden. Placing small boulders in your rock garden also makes it easy to add a small fountain or trickling stream too, plus you’ll be able to plant moss and other interesting plants on the boulders themselves close to the water.

Once you’ve chosen the location for your rock garden though, you’ll need to fully clear the area as best as you can. Remove all weeds and as much of the roots from previous weeds and plants as you can, then remove any other unwanted debris. You’ll be left with a fairly mundane dirt lot, but this is the blank canvas you’ll be able to create your beautiful rock garden in.

Give Them Space

After the garden area has been cleared, you’ll need to place your plants into this area. Unlike other gardens though, a rock garden tends to have small plants that sprout up here and there. So you don’t want to place too many plants, and you don’t want them to be too close together either. Just scatter a few in various areas of the new garden plot.

After you have your plants in the ground if you plan to place larger boulders in the rock garden, put those in their chosen locations first. Then start spreading your base rock or pebbles. Make the rock layer as thick as you’d like, and be sure to get the rocks in close to the base of your new plants and boulders too. Rock garden plants usually like to climb over, around, and through the rock bed that you create, so don’t be afraid of putting the rocks too close.

Now you simply need to place any finishing touches or focal points into your rock garden. You can place water elements, interesting pieces of wood or even old wagon wheels if you’d like.

Related How To article: 3 Parts to Design a Rock Garden

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