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.
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.