The closeness to nature is a leading aspect in garden design, which is becoming more and more popular. This is how you can explain the popularity of the modern rock garden, which must be designed as naturally as possible and at the same time attractively. The first documented rock garden is in London and was created in 1773. Today the entire complex is a listed building in the Chelsea Physic Garden. With the development of garden art, interest in rock gardens has grown steadily since that time and such garden design is now very popular. But what is characteristic of such a garden, you would certainly ask yourself, is it true? As the name rock garden suggests, large rocks, gravel and drought-resistant plant species are used to create a rock garden. Because of the typical elements just mentioned, it is extremely easy to care for. You just have to be patient with its design until you get a harmonious overall picture.
The modern rock garden calls for your imagination in its design
Usually you start with a small rock garden first, because in the mini format it is much easier to create and plant. The best spot for a rock garden would be a sunny annex in your garden landscape that faces south or southwest. The soil must be well drained, in principle no waterlogging should form there. When planting, you can let your creativity run wild. There are many design options to choose from, because every rock garden plant brings its own charm and blooms. If we have sparked your interest in rock gardens, then stay tuned and find out more worth knowing information and practical tips for such a natural and eye-catching garden!
Choose a sunny spot for your rock garden!
Careful planning is a must when creating a rock garden
Plunge bravely into the adventure “Steingarten”! But first, carefully plan your project. It would be useful if you have a clearly defined design project. First of all, determine how large the area should be that the rock garden occupies of the entire garden landscape. Or maybe you just want to limit yourself to a flower bed with succulents? In this planning phase, it also helps to look at online instructions and to get more detailed information about the individual stages of the realization of the project. Some home gardeners are just lucky when they have a spot in the garden that is overgrown with lush grass. You could then place stones of different sizes and textures there, so that you already create the basis of a rock garden. Otherwise there are some places in every garden that look totally neglected. They urgently need a new design. If the place is sunlit, then have no more doubts – this is the perfect place for your rock garden. Just roll up your sleeves and get to work!
Stones of various sizes, gravel and gravel are the main design elements here
Stones and suitable plants make up the rock garden
Go step by step with the rock garden design. First you have to lay the stones, then comes the planting. There is a wide range of stones to choose from, but we advise you to choose those that will not weather quickly. Take hard rocks like granite and combine them with soft ones like limestone, slate and sandstone. You get a mix of rocks that have different structures and textures and give the whole complex a particularly natural look. Try to use the rocks in terraces, this only reinforces the natural appearance. Of course, you have to put in layers of gravel and crushed stone in between, which guarantee good drainage in the rock garden. Your work then has to be framed, perhaps with a dry wall or gabions? You can decide that yourself! The next step in designing a rock garden is the most pleasant and mostly creative – choosing the right rock garden plants and planting the area. You can read more about it in our next article.
When creating and designing a rock garden, you can put your wealth of ideas into play!
Decoration in the rock garden – does that have to be?
Yes, the rock garden must also be decorated, because small or large decorative elements give the plant the finishing touch and make it appear extraordinary. The decoration in the rock garden must be kept in moderation. The usual, of course, includes interestingly arranged stones. Groups of stones bordered with gravel are always very eye-catching and cannot leave anyone indifferent when looking at them. Small stone figures, which also serve as eye-catchers, are also very popular. If you have created your rock garden on a wider area, then you can also consider a small pond garden there. Each water element has a calming and relaxing effect. In this case, the right aquatic plants will be the icing on the cake that rounds off the natural look of the rock garden. We wish you every success in creating, decorating and caring for your rock garden. Enjoy daily contact with nature!
Interestingly arranged stones or groups of stones definitely attract everyone’s attention
Drought-resistant plants adorn the rock garden
Do you want to create a low-maintenance garden?
Then choose a rock garden!
The rock garden brings a Far Eastern charm to your garden landscape
Creating a rock garden is a real challenge for every hobby gardener
The modern rock garden is a place of absolute calm and complete serenity
With a properly designed rock garden you get a natural and attractive garden design
Nature is the greatest artist!