Rock Garden Layouts. A rock garden is the grouping of plants, rocks and other elements such as a possible course of water, waterfall, sand, gravel, etc… Naturally hilly and wavy terrain is very appropriate to make a rock garden, but this does not prevent a ground plane cannot be used to build rock garden designs.
There are some tips you have to take into consideration. Avoid proximity to large trees and buildings that could change the perspective and scale. The observation of nature and plants should serve as a basic guide. The rock garden layout should be very free, very natural, very rustic stairs, including creeks, waterfalls and small ponds.
Using water in this type of garden should be done with the greatest possible freedom and fantasy. You don’t need high water flow, sometimes is better rather small ones.
A slope, even very mild can become a very natural rock ledge.
In some cases, when the garden is small, it’s recommended to use a solid enclosure wall that attaches to the rock. Plant shrubs at the top, this will give an unlimited or limit stamp plant.
One thing you have to ensure is that the subsoil is permeable. If it is sandy, there will be no problems, but if it is clay, there may be some problems for plants that require a dry ground. Then you will have to provide a drainage system.
The drain may consist of a drainage layer consisting of coarse, pebbles, pieces of pots, slag, etc … located 30-40 cm. from the soil surface, starting from the highest point to under the last rock. This will help to evacuate the collected water. Another option is to install drainage pipes.
To set up a rock garden it’s important to place first large rocks, which form the “backbone” of the set on the prominent parts, and then the smaller stones. Place rocks in irregular groups of an odd number of rocks, with smaller outcrops. The rocks should be submitted as the most visible face eroded. The stones should be buried 2 / 3 of its volume to give certain stability.
Once you have the rock garden you can plant the herbs. Make sure to separate the rocks far enough to allow the plants to grow comfortably. Don the planting but not until several weeks after construction of the rock garden to allow settlement of the land.
It is preferable to plant in irregular groups using at least three plants of the same species. Avoid clutter and the effect of the botanical collection. Place the plants in successive steps, harmonizing colors, shapes and flowering times.
The perennials, flowering bulbs, some small conifers, shrubs, and biannual plants are perfect to cover all. They are usually planted in spring or autumn and placed between the terraces and hollows that are formed between the rocks. If you choose plants with different time of growth throughout the year, it will make the rock garden to always have some kind of flower.
Now, your turn! Set up your own rock garden right away!