So you’re looking for ways to level up your garden, make it more interesting and beautiful? We have one word for you: Rocks.
Whether you have natural rock formations in your garden or not, you can create a beautiful rock garden.
Also called a “rockery” or a “rockwork,” the intentional arrangement of rocks, boulders, stones, pebbles or gravel—with appropriate planting—can be stunning. Rocks can bring a natural, more textured beauty to your yard, and can also be a great solution if you have steep hillsides or other difficult growing conditions.
And here’s the best part: Rock gardens can be low-maintenance.
What else can a rock garden do for you?
- Offer year-round beauty with contrast, structure, and color.
- Requires much less maintenance than grass or other plants.
- Rocks last longer than mulch.
- River rocks can help protect your yard from water damage and wet spots.
- Rocks come in a wide variety of textures, sizes, styles and colors.
- Rocks don’t attract ticks, termites and other insects.
- You’ll save water by installing a rock garden rather than turfgrass or plantings.
Inspired yet? If not, we’ve gathered some rock garden ideas to help you see how colorful and beautiful they can be…
If you don’t have rocks naturally in your garden, where do you put them?
If you want your garden to have boulders or rocks, look for a site where they’ll naturally fit into the landscape.
For example, a rock garden will probably look out of place in the middle of your lawn, but it looks great on a slope with a backdrop of shrubs and flowers. This berm, planted with various low-growers, evergreens, and shrubs, appears to have always been a part of the landscape and sets off the lawn beautifully.
Add movement and interest with rocks.
As you choose plants and design your rock garden, consider both form and color. Pair perennial favorites with evergreens that can bring year-round texture and height to the scene. Here, different leaf shapes and shades of green softly enhance the sculptural form of the stacked slate.
Rocky Walls and Steps
A stone wall and steps add a natural foundation to your garden, and the mixture of large and small stones makes it even more interesting. It also provides a beautiful frame for your garden, elevating your plants (literally and metaphorically) so there’s a beautiful sense of presentation.
Rocks and succulents go hand-in-hand.
A rock garden can be a perfect place for succulents to shine. Here, sedum is tucked into rocky crevices, cascading over and softening the hard rock edges. Although succulents may look fragile, they can thrive in the sun (and the heat reflected off rock surfaces) and do well in dry conditions with little maintenance.
Wish you had a water feature? How about a dry water feature?
ou don’t need water to give your outdoor space that lovely feeling. Define your waterway, whether it’s with larger rocks or even bricks, and then scatter smaller rocks and pebbles to form a meandering dry creek bed. Or you can use this as a more natural pathway, rather than a traditional flagstone or brick walk. This organic form helps give the illusion of a flowing creek and makes your garden that much more charming.
Are you ready to rock?
Did we inspire you? Did we motivate you to think beyond the norm? We could go on and on… There are SO many ways to enjoy your garden. If you need any help finding or choosing plants for the garden that will make you happy, you can count on your friends here at the Garden Market.