Not all rock gardens are created equally. In fact, when it comes to a perfect rock garden, it’s all about your taste and preferences. There are few rules about what one must contain. If you know you want a rock garden in your yard but aren’t sure exactly where to start, here is a step-by-step guide to help you get started.
1. Choose Your Space
Because a rock garden has elements other than just rocks, you want to choose your space before you start choosing your elements. The size and layout you decide upon will also influence the type and size rocks. For example, if your rock garden is going into your backyard on an incline, you might want to have a stepped garden. On the other hand, if you’re filling in a small portion of your front yard that’s relatively flat, you’ll need fewer sizes and types of rock. There are many examples of rock gardens online to help inspire you.
2. Select Other Elements
Once you’ve chosen the size and location, you’ll want to think about the other elements you incorporated into your rock garden. Although rocks are the main feature, you may also want to add a statue, water feature and plants. If you choose to add plants, make sure you take note of the sunlight in the area you’re planting them. Also consider plants that are drought tolerant. One of the benefits of a rock garden is low maintenance and you don’t want to add plants that require much work.
3. Understand Proportions
Now that you have an idea of the size, shape and the other elements in your rock garden, you want to understand proportions. You want the rocks to stand out but not overtake the space. If you’ve chosen a statue, you want it and the larger rocks to compliment each other rather than compete for attention. Once you select the large feature rocks, you can think about the fill rocks. You don’t have to have just one type of fill rock – blending colors, sizes, and shapes is one of the things that makes a rock garden an interesting feature in your yard.
4. Come Visit The Rock Place
We have a large selection of rocks, from small fill rocks to large boulders perfect for any size rock garden. We can even help you select the rocks to compliment each other, your home and your property. Come by 475 Wade Herrod Road in Smyrna or call (615) 459-9200 to schedule an appointment.