Rock Garden Tips
• A series of informal pools linked by tiny rock cascades adds a natural dimension to the garden.
• A rockery’s slopes can provide many different microclimates: a sunny side gives home to dwarf thymes, oreganos and wild tulips, a shady side for mossy saxifrages and ferns, and partly shaded sides for other alpines
• Alpines can be grown so that they present a landscape in miniature. In tiny gardens it can be a very creative way of making the space look bigger.
• A small conifer (a spruce, pine or juniper) can make an appropriate backdrop. Dwarf conifers are excellent plants for rock and scree gardens. Use them to break up areas of low planting such as alpines and heathers and to give scale and height. They are also great for containers.
• Use plants that are native to mountainous regions to complement the rock and stone in the garden.
• If your garden is small and flat you can create a miniature rock garden in a sunny corner. Build two low, stepped retaining walls to form the back and fill the angle between them with top soil. Rake the soil into a gentle slope an lay a selection of rock to form natural-looking rock formations before adding plants.
• Some plants you can use in a rock garden:
o Juniperus squamata ‘Blue star’
o Picea glauca var. albertiana ‘Alberta Globe’
o Tsuga Canadensis ‘Bennett’
o Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Lutea’
o Juniperus horizontalis ‘Grey Pearl’
And finally a little pun:
“Which garden rocks?” – A ROCK GARDEN!