Your First Rock Garden Made Easy

There’s nothing quite so beautiful and unique to add to your property, then a rock garden. Rock gardens provide a unique texture and visual interest, especially if you’re in a North American setting. It evokes images of something you would find over in Europe, as opposed to something in a western landscape. While in natural rock garden’s the view can be sparse and somewhat drab, that doesn’t have to be the case when you create your own. It’s a perfect opportunity to let your own green thumb creativity take center stage. You can pick plants and colors for your rock garden, that enhance or contrast your existing landscaping efforts.

The first key to a successful rock garden, is preparation and good planning. Proper excavation of the planning site is also an important component to be considered as well. Picture the space you have to work in, and that any weeds, or superfluous plants are removed. Otherwise they could interfere with the desired effect you’re going for.

You’re also going to need to ensure, that the soil is adequate for the plant life you plan on using. That’s assuming of course, you plan on having new vegetation for your rock garden. Some experts would suggest, that once excavation is completed you wait an entire growing season before beginning your garden. If you’re the impatient type (like me), that’s just not going to work out.

Let’s assume, that at this point your soil is good to go, and the area is excavated, and ready for the placement of your rocks. This is where the fun begins. It’s time to shop for rocks. It’s nice to have a common theme throughout your garden, but it’s also nice to include some diversity in terms of texture and size. Keep in mind such concepts as scale, contrasts, aesthetics, and flow while laying out your rock choices.

Additionally, don’t forget to leave space for any plants and foliage in between the rocks. And, not just space for the plants you see, but for the root system below the ground as well.

It’s not absolutely necessary, that the area you picked for your rocks to be graded totally flat. It’s a little more interesting actually if there are variances in height and slope for your garden. Give some thought though to water runoff. Think about where water may collect in or around your rocks, and what type of erosion could take place.

Once all your rocks are placed, and the soil has settled, it’s time to include plants. As with any kind of planting, it’s important pay attention to seasonal advantages. Depending on the plan, Spring or Fall, are likely to most advantageous times to do your planting. Good luck, and happy rock gardening!