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What makes a good rockery?

What makes a good rockery?

Alpines grow best on mountainous slopes where there’s plenty of light and good drainage. By creating a rockery you can replicate these conditions in your own garden.

Does a rockery need soil?

Alpines like a really well drained soil. This is mixed with equal parts of multi-purpose compost, sharp sand and grit, but this can be adjusted for individual plant’s requirements. Place the mix in a wheelbarrow and mix it well together by turning over with a garden fork.

What plants can you put in rocks?

10 Plants That Grow on Rocks

  • Douglas Moss Phlox. The leaves of this plant are dark green in color with a needle-like shape that is going to look great amongst the rocks of your garden.
  • Yellow Alpine Alyssum.
  • Blue Fescue.
  • Prickly Pear Cactus.
  • Rock Cress.
  • Hens and Chicks.
  • Coral Bells.
  • Thyme.

How do you prepare the ground for a rock garden?

Before planting, combine small rocks, a layer of sand (use a few inches) and a layer of a lean topsoil. The top layer of soil should have some peat and small lava rock mixed in. You don’t want to use a rich nutrient rich soil with lots of compost because rock garden plant like it lean and mean.

Can you have a rockery in the shade?

A few rockery plants and alpine plants do best in shade. Ajuga, Aquilegia, Brunnera, Campanula, Cyclamen, Epimedium, hardy ferns, Lysimachia, Omphalodes, Pulmonaria, Soldanella, Tellima, Tiarella, Vinca and Viola are just some of the shade tolerant alpine plants and rockery plants that you can grow.

What soil should I use for a rockery?

A good rock garden soil mixture consists of approximately equal parts good quality topsoil, fine pebbles or gravel and peat moss or leaf mold. You can add a small amount of compost or manure, but use organic materials sparingly. As a general rule, rich soil isn’t suitable for most rock garden plants.

Will rocks around a tree kill it?

We do not recommend that you use rocks as mulch around trees. While rocks can be a decorative feature, they tend to make their way into your yard and can damage your mower. Rocks can also heat up in the Summer and harm tree roots.

How do rocks turn into soil?

Soil is formed through the process of rock weathering. Weathering is the breakdown of rocks into smaller particles when in contact with water (flowing through rocks), air or living organisms. Weathering can occur physically, biologically or chemically.

Should I put landscape fabric under rocks?

Rocks, crushed stone and similar inorganic materials are prized as groundcovers in landscapes for their attractiveness, durability and low-maintenance requirements. Properly installing landscape fabric before spreading rocks out over the area will effectively suppress weeds and prevent rocks and soil from mingling.

What grows in shady rockery?

Shade Loving / Tolerant Alpine & Rockery Plants Ajuga, Aquilegia, Brunnera, Campanula, Cyclamen, Epimedium, hardy ferns, Lysimachia, Omphalodes, Pulmonaria, Soldanella, Tellima, Tiarella, Vinca and Viola are just some of the shade tolerant alpine plants and rockery plants that you can grow.

What should I put in my rockery garden?

Water your plants and then put them into position within your rockery garden. Make sure plants are planted firmly in your compost mix and gently tease out the roots of your plants and put them in your planting pockets. Finally, add a handful of grit or gravel as a mulch layer to improve the drainage of the soil.

What kind of rock do you need for a rockery?

Alpine plants require maximum light exposure, so when placing your rockery, make sure it’s away from trees and shrubs which cast shadows throughout the day. Local rocks are the best bet for your rockery as they will look the most natural. They can often be sourced from a reclamation yard so look online to find one that’s local to you.

What should I use to make an alpine rockery?

Depending on your chosen site, clear the area to bare soil, removing any grass, plants or weeds from the area. If drainage is a problem, add a 15cm to 20cm deep base made from broken bricks and rubble mixed with gravel to aid drainage. This drainage base will also make a solid support for the main rocks.

What’s the best way to build a rock garden?

Once you have your compost mix, use it to fill the planting pockets and any crevices between rocks. Water your plants and then put them into position within your rockery garden. Make sure plants are planted firmly in your compost mix and gently tease out the roots of your plants and put them in your planting pockets.