Rock garden design and inspiration
Backyard landscaping ideas come in all shapes and sizes, with a special focus
on a certain design line and a spot on a certain area in your home
desired to be emphasized. The natural can be tamed and molded to your
liking, creating complex areas meant to delight the senses and ease
the mind and soul. As evident in any Filipino home, a variety of
elements is involved, starting with the basics: earth, water and
greenery. You can play around with these three components and turn
your backyard to a modern, classy, contemporary, or chic design,
according to your taste and desire.
we are focusing on the role rocks have to play in the garden.
Specific for Japanese creations, rock
have started to appear in the Philippines as well as a mixture of the
static and the dynamic. They are used in certain zones of the garden
to form landscaping structures such as an elegant arch, a foundation
to a water fountain, or a simple set of stepping stones. Let’s dive
into the beautiful world of rock garden ideas.
The wondrous benefits to your landscape
lot of homeowners who are looking at good design choices can consider
a rock garden as a specific kind of installation for putting up an
attractive overall design for their home. Having a rock garden in
your balcony, in your yard, or elsewhere on your property can make a
house look good. Listed below are some of the main benefits of
choosing a rock garden for an exterior space.
gardens are low-maintenance
rock garden is one of the best features a homeowner can choose for
home décor and landscaping that require little to no maintenance.
Over time, this can be a big deal for any homeowner. Traditional gardens,
flower beds, or other similar installations actually require a lot
checking up work. Even wooden or concrete walkway designs will
require some general maintenance over several years. A rock garden,
on the other hand, needs very little in the way of maintenance and so
presents an attractive option for those who don’t have a lot of
time to keep up their property.
in exterior ground space
situation where a rock garden can provide a very effective helping
hand is covering problem areas in your yard. Property owners who want
to replace ailing grass can choose any combination of rocks with
loose gravel filled in between to create a neat, attractive yard
space that your family and visitors can enjoy. Moreover, if there’s
too much shade in that problem area, the ground is uneven, or just
not suitable for lawn growth, cover it with a rock garden. It will
mask the issue with a beautifully-designed space and become a focal
point in your yard.
rock garden allows a property owner to take advantage of the
aesthetic qualities of natural rock. Rock enthusiasts can tell you
how igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks exhibit color patterns
that exude beauty and art. Homeowners looking at rock gardens have a
vast variety of designs to choose from, and installation can be as
easy as arranging for specific placement of larger rocks or boulders.
the outdoor elements
as rock gardens need little maintenance, many of them don’t need
any shelter, either. This makes a rock garden a great choice for
residences in the Philippines where rain and even thunderstorms
damage small and big plants annually, where flower beds or other
installations don’t fare very well year-round, or require planting
every dry season.
great benefit of adding a rock garden to your landscape is increasing
your home’s appeal and value. Features that are big draws for
aspiring homeowners are spaces and items that make the home unique.
Moreover, adding water features or a seating area to your rock garden
or even a path to another section of your yard or area of your home
will make it more appealing to anyone’s eyes.
2. Building your rock
garden made easy
A rock garden can add
strikingly dramatic beauty to your landscape and provide natural
elegance. The usual arrangement is placing rocks to form a garden and
let plants grow from soil between rocks. Let’s check out the easy
steps for building the perfect rock garden for you.
you are able to devote a corner of your garden to creating a rock
garden or you are planning to transform the whole back garden, it is
worth considering the details of the elements around you. Aim to use
the most open position, away from overhanging trees or tree roots,
where plants will receive sun for the greater part of the day. Also,
choose a position where the drainage is perfect, unless you are
prepared to build raised beds or enhance drainage in other ways.
a plan of the proposed rock garden, bearing in mind the gradient, any
underground pipework, the amount of shade and how you might best view
gardens are quite an investment in hard materials such as rock,
stone, and gravel or slate. Choose local stone if possible and stones
in various sizes too for the natural-looking appeal.
the rock garden
of your rockery may seem rather daunting. For larger projects you
will need the help of a professional landscaper,
but smaller projects are quite feasible. Keep in mind to ensure that
the area is weed-free by hand weeding.
Build a base about 6 inches deep of coarse rubble, broken bricks,
or stone. To prevent the base layer from mixing with the compost,
spread a layer of inverted turves over this, if available.
create a natural-looking rock garden, start by selecting large stones
to act as ‘keystones’. Position the larger of these first and
place the remaining ones so that the strata looks natural. Support
them with smaller stones or bricks underneath. Aim for a naturalistic
look when setting the rock in place. The rocks should tilt backwards,
with the strata running the same way. Bury the stones up to a third
of their depth, firming them in place. Leave the areas between the
stones infirmed and add the specially made compost over the area to
create planting pockets. After these basic steps, you can flourish
your rock designs with plants best with a rock garden.
3. Rock out with these
plants for your rock garden
an unsightly slope or mound in your backyard into a colorful rock
garden is easy when you chose the right plants. These amazing,
low-maintenance ground huggers don't mind poor soil but do need good
drainage and between partial to full sun to survive. Here's a list of
some of the top plants available in the Philippines for rock gardens.
amazing family of succulents comes in a seemingly endless selection
of shapes, sizes, and colors. They are extremely
heat-and-drought-resistant and they have shallow root systems that
allow you to easily tuck them into the tight spots between rocks and
pretty creeper grows 4-6 inches tall and produces masses of cheerful
pink or white flowers in the spring. Rock cress makes a great
container plant too.
strong plants come in a wide variety of colors and shapes and will
quickly take root in any sunny, rocky location. Plus, most varieties
produce nectar-rich, white, pink, or mauve flower heads in the dry
season that lure colorful butterflies to your garden.
produces a stunning carpet of snow-white flowers atop bright
evergreen foliage. In addition, candytuft is an easy-care perennial
that grows 6 inches tall and can spread 16 inches wide.
stunner grows 6-12 inches tall and thrives in full sun and
well-drained soil. Though this plant can be short lived in the
Philippines, make sure to replant every year or two.
called sea pink, thrift originally grew wild on ocean-side cliffs so
you know it will tolerate salt spray, heat, and punishing winds
especially in the coastal areas. Thrift prefers poor soil and the
plants may rot if grown in really rich or moist soil.
Blue Star Creeper
just 2-4 inches tall, blue star creeper should be on your must-have
list for rock or wall gardens. This handsome perennial develops tiny
green leaves that form a solid mat.
4. Mixing the right
In the home garden, a rock
garden generally consists of an arrangement of native rocks, boulders
and pebbles with carefully selected, low-growing plants that is
exposed to tough conditions such as the intense Philippine heat,
heavy rain, and drought. Thus, mixing the perfect soil is crucial for
your rock garden.
Soil prepping a rock
garden bed consists of creating three separate layers that promote
good drainage and a healthy foundation for your rock garden plants.
The first layer is the
rock garden’s foundation and creates excellent drainage for the
plants. This layer is simple and consists of large chunks such as old
concrete pieces, rocks or chunks of broken bricks. This foundational
layer should be at least 8 to 12 inches thick. However, if your
garden already has excellent drainage, you may be able to skip this
step or make a thinner layer.
The next layer should
consist of sharp, coarse sand. Although any type of coarse sand is
suitable, horticultural-grade sand is best because it is clean and
free of salts that may harm plant roots. This layer, which supports
the top layer, should be about 3 inches.
all-important layer is a soil mix that supports healthy plant roots.
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.
5. Taking good care of
your rock garden
like any other garden, it is important to maintain a rock garden to
keep it looking great. Taking care of a rock garden is relatively
simple and the maintenance requires little effort.
is important to weed the rock garden on a regular basis and remove
debris. This is necessary because once weeds start appearing in the
nooks of the rocks, it makes it harder for plants to take root.
Weeding should be done by hand instead of spraying weed killer.
care of overgrown plants. Once plants flower, cut them back by
clipping away the dead stems and foliage. This encourages new,
healthy growth. In addition, divide plants that have grown too
large. Once divided, they can be replanted in different areas of the
rock garden or they can be given away.
is necessary to protect the plants from insects and disease.
Routinely examine all plants for sign of insect damage and disease.
Most importantly, water and fertilize the rock garden regularly.