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A rock garden can transform a dull chunk of land into a scenic, aesthetically pleasing sight to behold. Typically built to feature a variety of rocks, stones, and even boulders, a rockery as it is sometimes called, will have very few plants.

Small plants that don’t grow higher than a metre are ideally placed between the joints of the stones. Some rock gardens will have a small tree or shrub as a backdrop to create a shaded area and give the impression of a woodland rock garden.

That doesn’t sound too complicated, does it? In fact, you can create this scene in your very own yard over a weekend. All ll you need is a small chunk of land, rocks of different sizes, and of course, a unique set of plants and flowers that you want to flaunt in your backyard.

But, before anything else, there are things to consider if you want to dive into this weekend project. Ask yourself these questions and write down your answers to begin the planning stage.

  • What type of rock garden do you want to build? Is the vacant space you want to use reasonably large or considerably small?
  • What sizes and types of rocks and stones are available to you? Which kinds do you prefer for your garden?
  • Is it the perfect time of the year to build one?

Here are the materials and equipment you’ll need to build a rock garden.

  • Rocks
  • Plants
  • Trowel
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Tape measure
  • Newspaper

Remember, a rock garden will require plants that can thrive in a well-drained but poorly irrigated environment. Also, these plants should be able to survive, even flourish, under the constant heat of the sun. Select plants that will fit your preferred colour scheme consider their fully-grown height before making your final choice.

Here’s a step-by-step rundown of how to build your very own rock garden.

  1. Map out your design.
  2. Clear your area of focus.
  3. Assemble your rocks.
  4. Lay the second course.
  5. Allow your garden to settle.
  6. Set your plants.

Luckily, maintaining a rock garden is not as hard as most people perceive. However, you will need a hands-on approach for your rock garden to thrive.

Building and maintaining a rock garden is not difficult provided you observe the right steps.

Head on to our full post and learn How to Build A Rock Garden