Not every landscape is perfect and having a rock garden can help in many of those areas. You might have an area that is just too shaded and you can’t have plants because there just isn’t enough sun during the day to help them grow, or you may have an area that has become too dry because you’re either going through a drought or rain just won’t reach it.
Or, maybe you have too much rain and your land is just too soggy to support good vegetation and has now become very swampy. Rock gardens can help in all of these problem areas and most are very low maintenance.
Good planning can help any novice to rock gardens, but sometimes a professional’s opinion can be the difference between ordinary and magnificent. If your land is too rocky, then you can just clear up some of the rock and try to arrange what is left in an aesthetically pleasing pattern.
Adding some shallow rooted plants can help break up a large, rocky area with some green. Or, if the area is too dense with rock, then you could build a border around the area with an artificial border, such as railroad ties – or use small plants to trace around it.
How to Place Your Rock Garden
A hilly area on your land will cause your soil to erode. Placing your garden in a strategic area of your land will stop the erosion and while adding a good lawn decoration. Bringing in rocks indigenous to your area will give the illusion that the garden is more natural.
An area that is just too dry or maybe has non-fertile soil is another suitable place for a rock garden, and maybe you should even consider a Japanese rock garden. This kind of a garden uses sand and rocks to put patterns into the ground and if you have an extremely dry climate, this will look intentional despite having a bad spot in your yard.
Shady areas can have a rock garden with plants that thrive in the shade. Instead of having plants that are found naturally around rock, you would take plants that do well in the shade and populate your garden with those. It’s a great way to expand on the rock garden concept and have a more personalized decoration.
No matter what your land is like you can always benefit from a rock garden. Do you have a lot of land? Let’s examine mowing. If you have some of your vast land mass broken up by rock gardens, then it would decrease the amount of mowing you have to do but at the same time would make your land more beautiful.
Breaking up your land doesn’t mean you don’t care about your land as much if you don’t tend to every corner of it, but it does mean that you are able to be more time efficient and give your attention to other parts of your land. You could have other projects for your land such as a waterfall or other type of water feature that would go well with rocks.
Your Rock Garden Landscape Conclusion
Finally, do you remember pointillism from art class? Artists would use tiny dots made with brush strokes to make large pictures, as in Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte by Georges Seruat. He painted with a lot of dots in that painting (and others as well), and you could do the same with a lot of stones. Make your lawn an art gallery of rock garden paintings.