Rock gardens, also known as stone gardens or rockeries, are outdoor spaces that feature a variety of rocks and stones arranged in a natural or decorative manner. Some of the more sophisticated rock gardens are used to add visual interest, artistic appeal and texture to a landscape, as well as to provide a nourishing habitat for plants that thrive in rocky or well-draining soil.
To install a rock garden, you have to start by discussing the best location for it with your contractors. Rock gardens work best in sunny, well-draining areas that also have a slight slope. Avoid low-lying areas where water may collect, and don’t choose areas with a lot of trees, if you want to plant herbs or flowers in the vicinity, that might need adequate sunlight.
The next step your landscapers will take will be to clear the area. They’ll remove any grass, weeds, or debris from the area where the rock garden will be located.
Following that, rock garden landscape installation specialists will proceed to arrange the rocks in a natural or decorative pattern, taking into account their size, shape, and color. Larger rocks will play the role of the foundation and smaller rocks will primarily be used as filler, or to add an artistic touch. Soils of various types will fill in any gaps between the rocks, leaving just enough space for plants to grow. Some of the plants you can consider might include succulents, cactus, and alpine plants.
Finally, the finishing touches of your rock garden will be to add mulch or small stones around the plants which will assist in retaining moisture and preventing weeds from growing.