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Rock Garden Plants

By admin On December 22, 2008 Under Garden Design

Rock garden plants are of such variety that some can be found to grow in almost any aspect or under any conditions. However, most gardens will want to grow a fairly broad range of plants and with this in mind it is worth taking some trouble to plan and site a garden. Building entails some heavy labour so it is important to get it right the first time round.

There are three basic requirements that need to be satisfied if a rock garden is to be successful. There must be adequate drainage. Although a large number of alpines and other rock plants need a plentiful supply of water, the water must never be stagnant. A suitable site must, therefore be one where if drainage is not already good, it can be improved artificially. The position should be sheltered from cutting winds. In the larger garden it may be possible to provide a certain degree of shelter by planting shrubs at the edge of a rock garden, where walls and fences can channel fiercely turbulent cold air. A third requirement is that the position should be relatively open and free from overhanging branches.

Dripping from overhead foliage is a more serious problem than light shade. An ideal position is a gentle south-facing slope linking two levels in the garden. However, a natural slope is by no means essential and rock can be used on a level site to build up terraces with a predominantly south-facing aspect. Cost may provide a major factor limiting the amount of rock you are able to use. One of your first steps should be to visit a quarry or nursery where you can buy suitable rock. Try to use a local stone if possible, it will be more in keeping with the surroundings. If you have not already had experience of building a rock garden it is difficult to visualize the amount of rock needed for given site. The advice of a reliable firm will be of great value. A large part of the cost will be incurred in transporting the rock so look for a supply close by.

When building a natural looking feature, resist the temptation to supplement rock with man-made materials, even if you have for instance a ready supply of old bricks. If you cannot afford as much rock as you need, consider constructing a raised bed. In a more formal feature of this kind, man-made materials do not look out of place. Two other considerations should be borne in mind. You should consider how the rock garden will appear from various angles, particularly from the house. Finally, you should take into account ease of access during construction.

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