The idea of a rock garden really came into vogue in the mid 20th century.  Visitors vacationing in the Swiss Alps loved the way that flowers and plants grew between the rocks.  These types of gardens were visually appealing and low maintenance so it is not surprising that the idea was brought back to North America and caught on quickly.  If you are interested in building a rock garden then read on and we will show you how easy it really is.

Finding the Right Spot

Rock gardens can be as big or as small as you want them to be but each garden is unique.  You can create your garden with flowers, plants and of course rocks.  You can add ponds and waterfalls, they can be simple or quite elaborate.  The first thing you need to decide is where you are going to put it.  Do you want to put your rock garden in the front yard for everyone to see or in the back yard where you can enjoy a peaceful oasis yourself?

Materials

When it comes to getting rocks for your garden you should consider using rocks that are native to the area, it makes it look more authentic.  Once you have placed your rocks where you want them, the next thing that you want to do is let them settle for a week or two. You want to pick plants that work in your climate, rock gardens tend to be the most popular in the southwest where droughts are common.  The plants and flowers that you pick should be able to work with the conditions in your garden.

The Soil

Even with a rock garden you need to use the right type of soil.  You want rich dirt that will drain properly so you don’t end up with pools of stagnant water that attracts mosquitoes.  If your yard has hard soils like clay then you are going to want to soften it up, you can do that with mulch or some other organic material.  If your plants aren’t doing as well as you would like then you can improve the soil with grass clippings, shredded leaves, manure or shells from nuts.

Even though it is a rock garden you still need sunlight, water and wind.  You want to put your rock garden together carefully and don’t leave any areas where you will end up with pools of standing water.  You plants will be delicate at first so water them with a can instead of a hose.  Don’t overdo it with the fertilizers and you’re probably better off with organic fertilizers.  Don’t worry once you have everything together it will look stunning!