A rock garden can bring color and drama to a dull outdoor space. Better yet, rock gardens are easy to create, low maintenance and can often tolerate extreme conditions. Design a custom rock garden in your yard in four simple steps:
Clear a Space
After you’ve decided where you want your garden, clear away grass, weeds, and other debris, so you have a blank canvas. Any stones you unearth during cleanup may be set aside for later use.
Define The Area
Whether you want a small Zen garden or something more elaborate, define the shape using medium to large rocks. Within this perimeter, create a base of sandy soil to promote drainage, and add more stones, rocks, or boulders in a pattern of your choice. Whether you opt for found stones or purchase them from your local landscaping center, choose colorful or interesting rocks for your garden, and leave plenty of room for planting.
Plant Greenery And Flowers
Rock gardens can be diverse and may include both plants and flowers. To create a minimalist, low-maintenance space, choose drought-tolerant varieties, such as cacti or succulents. For a lush look, consider a perennial flowering ground cover in an eye-popping color, and add moss to vary the texture.
Add Finishing Touches
The right details can mean the difference between a ho-hum garden and a space that dazzles. Scatter small stones or rock mulch around your plants for an elegant, polished look, or add a focal point, such as a fountain or stone bird bath. If you prefer whimsy, add sweet all-weather figurines.