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Rock garden, from design to plants

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Rock garden: here's a DIY project to make arock gardensmall but well stocked. Plants to grow and solutions for every type of need.

In fact, the termrock gardenit identifies very different situations but all with the same characteristics: mulch in stones, stones, gravel or rock! When designing aDIY rock gardenwe must keep in mind, in the foreground, the climatic needs of the plants to be contextualized, which must be compatible with the environment in which the same garden is created.

A very common mistake is to associate therock gardenatfat plants. In fact, therock gardenit should evoke a scenariomountainoralpine, however thefat plantsthey manage to offer vegetationlowand varied that is well suited to the style ofDIY rock gardenbut there are several drawbacks to be evaluated. In Italy, especially at certain altitudes, there are few succulents that would be able to survive outdoors, so the project should be placed indoors or not permanently, with the possibility of transferring the plants to the shelter during the winter season.

DIY rock garden, how to get started

It doesn't matter how muchgreatorsmallit will be yoursDIY rock garden, it is always advisable to start with a very careful project. At this stage you have to make several choices.

Choose whether to build the rock garden on a flat or sloping level

Anyone with enough space can make aDIY rock gardenon very sloping ground. Sure, it's easier to set up arock gardenon level ground but thedeclinesoffers a more characteristic aspect: the plants are grown in small terraces made of rock, stones and growing substrate.

Stones, rocks and mulch, how to manage them?

In alpine environments it is possible to observe terraced plants interspersed with large rocks and boulders. You can decide whether to place a single rock in a dominant position (which emerges beyond the vegetation) or more rocks or, again, use only the mulch. To return an image"Rocky" it is possible to replace the classic mulch with materials such as:

  • gravel of various types
  • waste stone
  • gray slate
  • lapillus (recommended in the case of a rock garden at home or not very rocky environments)

What plants to grow in the rock garden?

If theDIY rock gardenpromises to be a permanent installation to show off 365 days a year, so you have to put aside thefat plantsless resistant or in any case it will not be possible to give succulents the exclusivity.

Choose a vegetation typical of your area. To the classic mountain vegetation (well resistant to cold) you can add slow-growing plants, evergreen plants, seasonal flowering species, prolonged flowering plants and somefat plantrustic, resistant to cold.

Allocation of spaces

Each plant should have its own space. The effect"completely full" it will only be achieved with time: to start, it would be better to buy small plants (they cost much less) and they give you the opportunity to make the evaluations to modify your project gradually.

DIY rock garden, which plants to choose

I advised you to choose:

  • typical mountain vegetation
  • slow-growing plants
  • seasonal flowering or long flowering plants
  • evergreen plants
  • rustic succulent plants

Among the flowering perennials I point out thephlox and dianthus, creeping plants with compact vegetation. Bluebells (choose varieties with a limited development), Iberis sempervirens, lewisia and saponaria.

The shrub plants that sprout among the stones are fundamental. In this context, I would like to point out theholly, the more lively Lonicera nitida (it will have to be repeatedly topped during the year to keep the vegetation low) and the red-leaved barberis.

Who can not do withoutfat plants,will have to choose species that can withstand the cold. For more information, I invite you to read the articleCold-resistant succulents.

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Video: FRONT SUCCULENT ROCK GARDEN RE-DO (July 2022).


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