A rockery in the garden can become home to many plants and small animals
There is nothing that is more exhilarating than a glowing well designed elegant rockery which mimics nature and flows with energy. A rockery is generally easy to design and maintain. A rockery looks splendid throughout the year, having numerous colourful flowers and leaves as well as mouth-watering tasty fruit.
Natural looking garden design
There are numerous designs that one can make. Do not allow paths to become overgrown and beds should not be left to be chocked by excessive weeds. Consider the following points when planning a natural garden.
Note and blend existing natural conditions
The soil, water supply, light, climate and the natural environment should all be incorporated in the rocker, failing to do this will not only result in a short life span for your rockery but will also require you to work extra hard to maintain it
Note the consistency and structure of the soil
The garden may have sandy, loamy or clay-rich soil, nutrient-poor or nutrient-rich soil.
The water supply in the garden should be consistent .
Sand soils are very permeable and thus are a poor water storage medium. Clay soils are less permeable and are able to hold a lot of water. The water supply is also directly influenced by precipitation.
The amount of sunlight available to the garden is also very important. Some garden plants require plenty of sunlight, while others require shade to flourish
The macro-climate and mini-climate play an important role in influencing growing conditions in the garden.
Micro-climate refers to the particular climate of a portion of the garden. It is influenced by the presence of a hedge which provides windbreaks, or large trees which cause shade and consume a lot of water.
When you have noted all the above natural conditions you will be able to harmonise them and select plants that will be able to flourish in these conditions. When designing a rockery it is good practice to use rocks and stones that match the micro-climate as well as soil in the garden.
Lime-stones go perfect with chalky soils while lime-poor soils go well with granite, basalt or sandstone. You can use unwanted garden soils to give you rockery with natural finishing touch.
Copying Natural Environments
A rockery biotype is very easy to create if you have the right plants and materials. Over the years the plants and rocks create a geological feature that is home to many small creatures. This rockery will be self sustaining and will need less care over time.
Protecting the Natural Environment
Avoid using that ore found growing in the wild as the majority of them are protected by law. The wild plants would not be able to thrive in domestic conditions as they prefer their natural wild habitant. You can obtain rockery plants from the local nursery.
Where do rockery plants come from?
The majority of rockery plants originate from high mountain regions such as the European Alps, the Carpathian Mountains and Pyrenees and the Scandinavia mountains. Some of the rockery plants come from hot steppe landscapes where there is intense energy and light from the sun, high moisture and temperature fluctuations and a thin layer of humus. These plants thrive in these areas also because of the mobile air and water.