Rockeries represent an arrangement of rocks and alpine plants, forming a focal point in the landscape. The appeal of rockeries is that they can form a focal point within the garden where traditional planting may appear odd. Therefore, if utilized well, rockery can be a great addition to your landscaping.
This post highlights some ways to use rockery to improve your garden. Let’s jump right in.
1. Construct a Rock garden
The perennials that grow in high rocky areas can be a perfect choice for your rockery garden. Pick the spring-blooming bulbs known to do well in rockeries. Examples of plants that you can get started with when doing your rockery garden are Sedum, Yarrow, alyssum, Primrose, and Oxalis. If the alpine plants do not seem a perfect choice, consider the few dwarf conifers like the juniper or even pine. The juniper and pine provide an all-year-round colorful flowering.
When constructing the rock garden, consider that most plants require direct sunlight and well-draining soils to blossom. In that regard, consider the growing conditions for the plants you intend to plant before investing so much time, only to be disappointed because conditions are not favorable.
2. Consider a Mini Waterfall With Rockery
A mini waterfall in your front yard can be an oasis to change the mood. Rockeries can be a great resource, providing a low-cost waterfall. Start by outlining the waterfall. Decide where the piping runs through and how the rockery shall appear. Do not forget to choose unique stones that provide a perfect decoration to the waterfall. A rockery garden around the waterfall can add some color, making the water feature attractive. Beautiful flowers will attract butterflies and nectar birds, creating lovely scenery.
3. Rockeries for Sideways or Driveways
Adding rockeries to the sideways and driveways in your yard creates a unique appearance and character. When installing rockeries for the sideways, make sure you choose the right rocks, some finishing ensuring user-friendliness can go a long way to adding a touch of beauty. Besides the sideways, you can add a water feature such that the water stream flows in front of your house.
4. Create Rock entries to your home
Rockeries can form a unique stair entrance to your house. The rock stairs can include different rock colors to provide a unique and attractive look. Choose rocks that feel friendly walking on, and preferably, multi-colored stones.
5. Create Rock monuments
Introducing some rocks in your lawn may sound like a crazy idea. However, gardeners can use these rocks to create rock monuments. Place one stone over another, and shape it to resemble a monument. You can add some cement to make the stones permanent. Plant beautiful flowers around the monuments to create that unique appearance.
6. Paving With rockeries
Instead of tiling the pathways, use different stones of varying sizes and colors to pave the paths. You can add some grass, artificial or natural, to make the ways look and feel unique while walking on.
Rockeries can be used in different ways. The overall outcome depends on how you approach the project. Talk to an experienced professional to help you plan and design the area where you want to add rockeries.