We really enjoyed writing these rock gardening tips as rock gardens can be attractive and fun to build.
The biggest challenge with this type of gardening is probably the drainage and choosing the right plants - and of course getting sizeable rocks to your garden if you do not have them on site already.
When considering a rock garden, the most natural place would be in a sloping area where it is easy to "tumble" the rocks and where water can run off.
Visit our main page on Rock Garden Designs for more detailed information on building a rock garden.
Take a look at the tips below for maximum effect.
The soil should also not be tightly packed but loose to allow natural plant life to flourish.
The main, or larger rocks, should be placed around the smaller rock base to ensure that plant and flower life will grow up and around for the best appeal.
Play around with rock designs before you commit to one design.
Once your rocks are set, dig tiny pockets in between the rocks so plant and flower life sprouts through.
For flowers, perennials are the best choice because of lower maintenance required.
Geraniums and verbena are beautiful for any rock garden mixed with heather or ivy for a flowing effect.
To ensure you are choosing the right mixture of plants and flowers that will grow in a rock garden, ask the experts at your garden center for advice.
Or, check your local garden center for stream or irrigation kits to place in your rock garden. These kits usually come with everything you need to make your rock garden exceptional.
In these days of energy conservation, a rock garden is not only easy to maintain but requires less water if you plant water-wise specimens and rely on the natural elements of the sloped area.
We hope these rock gardening tips will be of help when starting your rock garden!