Rock garden plants are an interesting way of starting out a garden that is unique from the usually preferred lawn garden. It is an idyllic way of planting fauna that is delicate in nature, growing in contradiction to its surroundings, yet bringing on an air of calm. Rugged in nature, rocks are seemingly out-of-place, usually spotted with wild grass. Therefore to liven up those rocks that are dotting your premises, it is time you start on a new hobby to transform your backyard into a sight for sore eyes. Limestone is a good rock for budding plants, due to their porous nature that allows moisture to pass through. Choose the right plants depending upon the climate in your area. Rock garden plants thrive on pleasant, cool weather as opposed to the scorching sun.Knowing the how in rock gardening, and precisely following the ways in which you can begin one on your own, is vital. Here’s how you can start out.

Cut away at dead plants or unwanted growth in your area and shovel your way through the earth to get rid of stubborn ones. Tough branches call for a sturdy pair of shears that will help you pave your way clear of the plant growth. Eliminate any evidence of plant life; you don’t want them re-growing in the same area. Always use reliable, good garden tools when gardening.

Once you’ve pictured what layout you want to work on, mark the ends of the area and shift around the markings if you want to make any changes to the attributes.

Once you’ve selected which stones to work on (if you want to go all out on your rock garden, get stones that will highlight the garden for the pathways, ponds and so on – these can be ordered), place them in the areas you want the plants to take root from. Start by moving around the bigger stones using the right equipment to place them, do not attempt to do this bit alone. Once you’ve selected on what stones go where, make sure they aren’t too haphazardly placed out; maintain order.

As was mentioned earlier, choose plants that grow in favor of the climate. Juggle with different kinds of plants, like Japanese rock garden plants, that add an element of Zen to your surroundings that Japanese gardens naturally bring about. If you decide on going with Japanese plantations, try out:Mosses and lichens are highly recommended – you can border flagstones for pathways with these.
Castanea (Chestnut)
Cotoneaster (Evergreen Shrub)
Juniperus Horizontalis (Glauca – Evergreen Coniferous Shrub)
Morgenroot (Evergreen Shrub)
Minor (Thyme – Groundcover)
Cotula Potentillina (Water Buttons – Groundcover)

For those who want to incorporate riverbeds into their rock gardens, you’ll need to create a riverbed that looks natural and not messy, placing the plants along its sides. This will require a lot of digging work and planning. The plants that you picked out can then be placed within the soil and secured by making sure the roots are nice and deep in the earth. Make sure dug in holes are twice the width of a plant’s roots.

Sunlight needs to fall directly on the plants, without them being obscured by your home, a shade or tall trees. Make sure to position these plants in such a way that they are not deprived of sunlight. Some rock garden plants don’t always feed on pure sunlight, so look up the features for those particular kinds; shade also plays a key role. Keeping some plants in the shade of a rock by burying it in a way where rocks overhang in an arch formation is ideal. Always do your research on shrubs and bushes, and plants and trees, before starting on such a tedious but fun project.