A Layered Rock Garden Full Of Plants
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Do you want to beautify your front or backyard? Possibly raise your property value or just relax and escape the pressures of daily life? Rock gardening is a great way of doing accomplishing all of those goals. Rock gardens are an easy way to make any yard welcoming, and it doesn't require much work. You can design your rock garden to be any size and shape or as simple or elaborate as you'd like. You can create a beautiful rock garden with flowers, foliage, ponds, waterfalls, and, of course, rocks. Let's learn more about rock gardens.

Rock Garden Info

Rock gardens, also known as alpine gardens, began in the British Islands. Travelers who visited the Swiss Alps spread these gardens at the beginning of the twentieth century. They were so impressed by the exquisite qualities of the flowers and the foliage that they started to grow them in their homelands. In the 1890's, the rock garden designs found in the Royal Botanic Gardens in England had finally made their way to North America. The first one was found on the grounds of Smith College. It was a small reproduction of those found in European countries. Since then, they've been found in residential front and backyards as well as businesses throughout America.

Designing Rock Gardens

When designing your rock garden, it is good to choose rocks that are native to the area that you are creating your garden in. It will give your rock garden a more naturally beautiful look. Try to find rocks that have a settled look to them and not ones that look like they were placed there on purpose. The flowers and foliage for your rock garden should always be varieties that grow exceptionally well in your area. Plants that thrive in very warm climates shouldn't be planted in colder climates. Also, check the zone charts to find out when the appropriate time to plant your flowers. A rock garden can also raise the value of your property. Potential home buyers may think of your rock garden as a great place to sit and relax with a book or a loved one after a hard day's work. Rock gardening is not only good for your property but also for your soul. It is a rewarding and enjoyable pastime for a lot of people who want to escape from the pressures of daily life.