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Landscaping Ideas for a Rock Garden
By Tammy Sons
Rock garden if done well can look very natural and artistic. It can add a lot of texture and dimensions to the entire landscape. You can plan out a rock garden and adorn it with the right kind of plants to make it more appealing.
Most of the people go in for rock gardens if they have a rocky terrain or natural slope in their yard. Rock garden look best in slopes and terraced ground however; people who have a plain area can also transport rocks and boulders in their yard. A plain terrain can be converted into a beautiful rock garden.
The first thing that you need to do is prepare a blueprint or a sketch of the design that you have in mind. Once the design is in place you can get to work by putting it into action. A typical rock garden design should have artistically placed boulders and huge rocks in one corner where you can grow some plants or ornamental grasses.
You can also create interesting pathways and terraced path with the help of boulders and large stones. The crevices and corners can be filled in by growing grass and other small plants. This way the entire setting would look really impressive. Place rocks and pebbles in the area that is elevated. In case if natural slope is not available then you can create one by placing a layer of stones and covering it with soil to create an elevated patch. Different varieties of rock garden plants can be grown on the elevated land.
Another great addition to a rock garden can be a rock retaining wall and pathways made by laying flat stones on the ground. You can grow grasses and sedges on the sides of each laid stone and they will grow to cover it naturally. Rock walls can be constructed by placing large and similar textured stones on top of each other. The task can be very tedious but the end results will astonish you. You can seek professional help to create a rock garden in your yard but many people prefer the Do-It-Yourself mantra.
Once the rock garden has been designed you can plant ornamental grasses, plants and shrubs that can grow well in such terrain. Alpine plants and other drought resistant varieties blend in well in rock gardens. You can also try growing succulent plants in the corners. A well planned rock garden will certainly grab attention of the visitors and guests.
Another asset to fence in a rock garden is trees. Weeping Willow Trees and the ponderosa pine trees for sale are customer's favorites.