A rock garden is a cheap and easy way to enhance the look of your landscape. Problem areas such as hills, areas featuring lots of trees and other difficult mowing spots are excellent places to create an eye-catching garden filled with rocks.
To get started you first need to clear the area of all plant life that you do not want intruding upon your garden. Remove the roots and make the entire area bare. This will keep those pesky invaders from coming back to visit you later.
Once you have your area cleaned off, add some soil enriching materials such as compost or sand. Any plants you place in your rock garden will love the added boost.
Now it is time to start placing those rocks. You will want to place them in a natural formation so mix and match with little, medium and large rocks as well as different colors and shapes. Variety is always the best way to create a beautiful landscape design. If you are working with a slope area, start at the bottom and work toward the top of the slope. Make the widest side of your rocks the base for better stability on the soil.
After you have your rocks in place, add durable plants that you enjoy and are very tolerant in this particular environment. The best planting season will be spring or fall, depending upon the plant.
Plants that are ideal for adding personality to your garden are creeping phlox, ornamental grasses, small evergreens, and hosta plants.
Inspirational Rock Gardens
This beautiful slope shaping design is not only pleasing to the eye, it is also excellent erosion control. What a lovely way to clothe a natural stone staircase! Splashes of red flowers intermingled with touches of greenery complete this landscaping design.
Adding several combinations of stones, shapes and mixed plant species create a more natural look.
Small shrubs, ground cover plants and ornamental grass are great choices to fill in the gaps in your garden.
A lovely shady area brought to life with misshaped stone and blue fescue.
A shade loving plant that works well in any garden is the hosta. There are so many types to chose from and their beautiful green foliage is hardy and durable in various climates.