Here is some great rock garden ideas, design techniques, for how to create rock gardens, using alpine and other suitable plants for rock gardens.
Rock gardens are usually created on a change in grade of a property.
Certainly, a hillside, or a large slope, offers a grand spot for alpine-inspired rock garden plantings.
But often a gentle slope, a rock wall, or even a series of throughs will do beautifully.
In fact, where drainage is excellent, I think the idea of essentially flat rock gardens are wonderful alternatives to man-made, hard to construct, bearms and mini-mountains.
My favorite way to get inspirations for a flat rock garden, are the gently flattened mountaintops in the wild, that are strewn with beautiful stones and plants.
It’s so fun and delightful to walk into and through horizontal rock gardens of these kind, where you can hop from rock to rock, inspecting lovely plant treasures as you go.
This fun scenario is often not possible in more vertical rock gardens.
Planting Tips and Rock Garden Ideas
I know from experience that blending a rock garden into its surroundings can be a challenge.
Therefore, repeating similar plants in adjacent areas – bulbs, dwarf conifers, and grasses – helps make the transtion less abrupt and more natural and harmonious.
I recommend using gravel mulch to cover a rock garden. It’s really the only mulch to use.
Adding low-profile stones to a flat rock garden site and placing the plants in between the stones is the best way for planting and making a rock garden. and also the easiest.
About The Rocks
Rock Garden Ideas
Rock gardens, whether of the wild sort, or created by a gardener such as yourself, have the distinction of getting us enticed about stones.
I sometimes find myself becoming as obsessed with rocks as with plants. It’s easy to do!
However, the key to incorporate stone in a garden is not to lose sight of its essence in the wild.
Stones may vary in size, shape, texture, color and the way it protrudes from the earth.
But it’s the interplay with plants more than any of the rocks intrinsic qualities, that makes the real magic.
As do plants, stones display patterns, placement and process in nature.
If you ignore this in your garden, as often is the case by eager rock gardeners, your garden with rocks will likely have a chaotic look and feel that no one will enjoy.
Another thing to avoid is to place too many large rocks at the top of a slope, rather than at the base as natural gravity would demand.
And having too many small stones is also one of the “stone sins” I have encountered in gardens. It makes a garden look cluttered.
I hope my rock garden ideas and tips for making rock gardens will help and guide you as you create your own garden with stones and plants.
By carefully observing patterns, placement, and the natural process with both rock and plant you can truly enjoy this special place in the front, or in the backyard of your property.
I have selected my top favorite rock garden plants, so CLICK on the headline here to take a look at all these colorful and flowering perennial rock garden plants.