Rock Garden Plants Can Spruce Up One’s Surroundings
Planting rock garden plants is a great way to spruce up one’s surroundings. Turn yourself into an avid gardener, or bring out those dust-laden gardening tools that have been waiting for far too long to be used. Rock garden plants thrive in well-drained soil, are drought tolerant, and tolerate full sun to partial shade. Since rock gardens mimic conditions found in mountainous, rocky soil, plants that are found naturally in mountainous areas do well in rock gardens. Some examples include succulents, sedum, lamb’s ears, and columbine. Rock garden plants should be less than a foot (about 30 cm) tall and hardy to -20º Fahrenheit (-29 Celsius). Hardy geranium, edelweiss, and creeping phlox are all sun-loving rock garden plants that provide interesting foliage and flower at varying times of the year. Thyme is an herb that can be grown in cracks and crevices in rock gardens, in inhospitable, full-sun areas where other plants will not grow. Many varieties of thyme will tolerate light foot traffic as well. Oregano is another herb that is a little taller than thyme and grows well in rocky, sunny, terraced locations.
No matter what your region and your climate you should always be able to find suitable rock garden plants. And if you make sure you match up your sunlight, temperature, and water requirements, then you should just about always have a maintenance free garden for your yard so that you and your neighbors can enjoy it.