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More Information About Rock Garden Plants What is a rock garden?– Rock Gardens are landscape features designed to mimic high-altitude alpine landscapes, mountain-sides, desert canyons, steep river banks or any other ecosystem where the ground is rocky and loose. In the wild, alpine and other rocky ecosystems tend to be windy, free-draining and harsh and thus are populated by drought-tolerant plants that survive by staying small. Rock gardens are an artistic simulation of these ecosystems and feature small hardy perennials growing among artfully arranged rock outcrops. The goal of a rock garden is to feature small attractive rock garden plants that might otherwise be overlooked or out-competed in another type of garden bed such as a perennial border. What are the best rock garden plants?– Some rock gardeners feature alpine plants in their rock gardens while others focus on small desert succulents. Still others will put any small, tough plant that deserves special attention into a rock garden. Plants that naturally grow in cold mountainous regions (especially the Alps) are known as alpine plants and plants that naturally grow on rock outcrops or among loose rocks are known as saxatile plants or lithophytes. These rock garden plants are almost always hardy perennials like sedum, but beyond that they can be deciduous or evergreen; bulb or fibrous rooted; flowering, grass, fern or conifer; leafy or succulent; native or exotic; and sun- or shade-loving. As long as they are small and tough, they are appropriate. Although we are not exclusively a rock garden nursery, we have filtered through our enormous on-line plant catalog and selected the best hardy perennials for rock gardens. When you are ready to buy nursery-grown rock garden plants online, check out our online list of rock garden plants for sale.
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Plants For Rock Gardens

What are the best rock garden plants?– Some rock gardeners feature alpine plants in their rock gardens while others focus on small desert succulents. Still others will put any small, tough plant that deserves special attention into a rock garden. Plants that naturally grow in cold mountainous regions (especially the Alps) are known as alpine plants and plants that naturally grow on rock outcrops or among loose rocks are known as saxatile plants or lithophytes. These rock garden plants are almost always hardy perennials like sedum, but beyond that they can be deciduous or evergreen; bulb or fibrous rooted; flowering, grass, fern or conifer; leafy or succulent; native or exotic; and sun- or shade-loving. As long as they are small and tough, they are appropriate. Although we are not exclusively a rock garden nursery, we have filtered through our enormous on-line plant catalog and selected the best hardy perennials for rock gardens. When you are ready to buy nursery-grown rock garden plants online, check out our online list of rock garden plants for sale.
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Plants For Rock Gardens

What is a rock garden?– Rock Gardens are landscape features designed to mimic high-altitude alpine landscapes, mountain-sides, desert canyons, steep river banks or any other ecosystem where the ground is rocky and loose. In the wild, alpine and other rocky ecosystems tend to be windy, free-draining and harsh and thus are populated by drought-tolerant plants that survive by staying small. Rock gardens are an artistic simulation of these ecosystems and feature small hardy perennials growing among artfully arranged rock outcrops. The goal of a rock garden is to feature small attractive rock garden plants that might otherwise be overlooked or out-competed in another type of garden bed such as a perennial border.
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Plants For Rock Gardens

Poached Eggs Poached egg plant, Limnanthes douglasii, is simple to grow in almost any soil in a sunny spot. The bright white and yellow cup shaped flowers create a cheerful patch of ground cover. It will self seed freely and naturalize itself. Purple Stars Campanula, or bellflower, vary in size, shape, and plant form, but are usually various shades. They bloom from late spring into early summer with solitary blue flowers. It is effective as an edging or tumbling over a small rock cliff. Seaside Flora Also known as armeria maritime, sea thrift is an evergreen perennial that produces grassy mounds, with rounded flowerheads on stems. Colors range from white, pink or red. It can be used as groundcover, as edging plant or planted in rocks. Cascading Color Aubrieta, Aubrieta deltoidea, makes a colorful splash in early spring. It is a mat forming, evergreen perennial, and its flowers, in shades of purple and blue, cover the plant. It grows well in rockeries, at top of retaining wall or edging. Catchfly Blooms Campion, or catchfly, is colorful perennial great for mixed perennial border or rock garden. Valued for its brilliantly colored blooms against striking silver foliage, colors range from rose pink to white to red in late spring to summer. Flowers and Flavor Thyme, Bressingham Pink or Thymus doerfler, has attractive foliage, with flowers that are long lasting. It is drought tolerant, and one of the most useful herbs for the kitchen. Suitable for planting in rock or herb garden or border. Intense Blue Gentiana septemfida is highly valued for its true blue flowers. Low growing, they work wonderfully when tucked into crevices in stonewalls or nestled among other plants in the garden. The smaller ones are ideal for rock and alpine gardens. Stonecrop Sedum stonecrop sedum Saxifrage Clusters Saxifraga sancta, saxifrage, is a fully hardy perennial evergreen alpine with yellow flowers in early summer and late spring. It grows well in direct sun and prefers medium levels of water. Tete-a-Tete Tete a Tete is one of the most popular dwarf daffodils. It’s ideal for planting in patio containers or at the front of the border. The deep golden yellow flowers appear in early spring, with each stem bearing up to 3 blooms. Delicate Baby’s Breath Dorothy Teacher is a low-growing form of the ever popular Baby’s Breath with airy sprays of pale pink flowers that get darker with age. Excellent ground cover and perfect in borders and containers. Prefers well-drained soil in sun. Compact Pansy Viola wittrockiana, Crystal Bowl Series pansy, produces small flowers in a wide color palette. This short lived plant is commonly used to create spots of color during fall, winter and spring. Violet Star Anemone blanda, Violet Star, bears large amethyst violet daisy-type flowers with fern-like foliage that are great for rock gardens. It is a low-growing perennial. Dwarf Hardy Geranium Geranium cinereum, Ballerina geranium, is a mounded dwarf perennial that has gray-green leaves and large purplish-pink flowers with purple veins and eyes. This geranium prefers full sun and good drainage. Bugle Call Ajuga reptans, multicolor common bugleweed, is an excellent, fast spreading ground cover with dark bronze green leaves with cream and pink markings. Quickly forms a dense, lusterous mat of rosettes, bearing blueish purple flowers spikes. Dwarf Conifer Juniperus communis, Compressa, is a wonderful upright, cone-shaped plant. It grows slowly and keeps a very narrow form, providing a lovely year round shade of green.
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Plants For Rock Gardens

One thing to keep in mind with regard to plants for rock gardens is that most of the plants should be small in size. This is because they are used more to complement the stones in the garden, not hide them. You can throw in some shade trees or backdrop plants for size differentiation, but all other plants for rock gardens should be small.
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Plants For Rock Gardens

With rock garden plants thriving in extreme altitudes, it is useful to know those that will live happily in our gardens. Most garden centres have a limited range of rock plants and alpines, so it is worth digging a bit more deeply to source some slightly lesser known, but suitable plants that will complement the investment in stone and labour it took to create the rock garden in the first place.
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When planning to do rock gardening, you want to make your rock garden plants and the rocks in the garden mesh with your home. The idea is to make the garden look natural. The more natural your rock garden plants look, the more attractive your rock garden will be to the onlooker.
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You want to choose garden plants for rocky areas that require little care. The plants should be able to tolerate the conditions of the area, wet or dry, hot or cool. It isn’t easy to get into rock gardens to weed and water and prune, so the plant ideas for a rock garden should include easy care plants.
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Whether in the mountains or in the plains, traditional rock gardens are generally dry and exposed, with quick draining medium for planting in between the rocks. Rocks absorb heat from the sun and hold it in. Many people have rock gardens for a respite from gardening chores like frequent mowing and deadheading. Plants are selected for their tolerance to drought and heat, in addition to their perennial nature and ease of maintenance.
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Rock gardens are fun, multi-dimensional spaces. The opportunity to populate the garden with diverse plants can create a fascinating show of color, texture and form. Check out our top 5 plant recommendations for rock gardens.

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