Creating a rock garden design – 20 fascinating ideas

Written by Kremena Ruseva


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To create a really beautiful rock garden design, we can use a variety of decorative rocks. We must first choose the style that inspires us. This is not an easy task because it depends on the natural environment of our exterior. For example, you can use the type of stone that is naturally found on the site. You may also want a Japanese garden with decorative stones arranged by a specialist.

What to consider when we start planning a rock garden design

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If you choose your own stones, be careful that they are not in a state of erosion. They must also be large enough to be half-buried in the ground. Whether you use decorative stones found near you or purchased from a gardener, consider the overall appearance of your rock garden design. Do you want a flat or terraced one with rock arrangements? Some projects, such as terraces require an intervention of a specialist, because it is a job that requires changing the structure of the site. On the other hand, we must consider the types of flowers and vegetation cohabiting with stone.

 Types of plants for a beautiful rock garden design

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For a nice presentation, choose massive decorative rocks so that the largest part would remain buried. You will need beautiful massive stones of rough finish, gravel surface which spreads around plants, fertile ground maintained by adding fertilizer. It is advisable to focus on spreading plants, shrubs and herbs which are used to the climate in your area. Species like bellflower, silver basket, gentian, dwarf carnations, phlox, sedum, pine, Japanese maple, cotoneaster and various aroma herbs – oregano, lavender, thyme – shall be a good choice. You need to arrange the rocks in a harmonious way and in compliance with the rest of the elements – stairs, paths, etc. Look at the gallery and find an inspiration for your own stylish rock garden design!

How to choose the shape of the rocks?

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The shapes of the rocks draw the attention of the viewer. It is best if you used the rocks in groups, then they create a harmony. However, if you wanted to create a rock garden in which the rocks are admired individually, the choice of a suitable form is extremely important. When selecting the stone it is also necessary to take into account the natural character of the stone. It is advisable to look for rocks with moss or ones with old look which is a result of exposure to wind and rain.

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