ROCK GARDENS

Posted: July 26, 2012 in HARD LANDSCAPING, SOFTLANDSCAPING

A rock garden is simply a plot with a mix of rocks and of several special species of  flowers. Some would say that because rocks are permanent, solid and rugged, they complement t­he delicacy of flowers. It’s the opposite of vegetable gardens which can look obviously cultivated ­and artificial. On the other hand, a well-designed rock garden evokes a sense that Mother Nature has courteously bestowed some her best work on your land.

Rock Garden Design

One can design rock gardens to exploit dry, rocky slopes thus this presents itself naturally as a landscape solution or import rocks into yards that are flat and rock less building the rock garden from scratch.

Space can influence the design of rock gardens. In larger spaces, the goal is often to create sprawling, naturalistic rock gardens. In case of limited space the design should fit neatly into the nook and you can have a round raised bed made of select rocks. The rock garden should not be in the way of mowing the lawn and should not require much maintenance.

Consideration of color schemes is very important. One can use a collection of attractive rocks like red sandstone granite, river rocks this will provide the structure for my rock garden. Also the choice of plants is influenced by the rocks used. There is a whole range of plants of different colors, shapes and sizes to choose from.

Also the longevity of the type of rocks you use, do the easily crumble?

Rock Garden Plants

In making a rock garden, you typically select plants that are drought-tolerant (because rocky soil drains quickly).

Japanese Rock Gardens: Plants, Stone, Gravel

In the Zen style- wondrously simple in its complexity. The Zen style is minimalist, with individual elements (plants, stones, gravel) sublimated for the sake of the “whole picture.” The Japanese recognized the calming and meditative effect of rock arrangement as far back as the medieval era when they developed the Zen garden. Japanese rock garden’s have the ability to evoke a contemplative mood.

NB;Rock pieces used to make mosaic paving and steps will suit rock gardens best as illustrated below

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