No matter how small the space outside the home or backyard, you can make your own rock garden design. Of course, the best design for any small space is the simple, round raised bed made of select rocks, rustic stones, soil, and plants. This design can fit neatly into any nook or corner and won’t be in the way if you mow the lawn. Since the basic blocks for a rock garden will be rocks and stones, you can easily find garden rocks for sale at your local landscape supply store.
The First Course
Clear the area of stones, grass, and other organic material. Dig up sod and roots to prevent unwanted grass or plants from coming up later. Layout a circle of rocks to serve as the perimeter of the base. You can choose what diameter you want or need, between four to eight feet. You can choose large unattractive rocks so long as they can hold soil within the circle and create elevation.
Now, fill the inside with sandy soil. This type of soil provides good drainage. Step on the soil to pack it down.
The Second Course
For the second course, use lighter, smaller, decorative stones and plan out where to place them. You can form another smaller circle in the middle, have another perimeter around the first one, have bands of stones pass through the centre, or create a landmass on one side of the circle. Whatever you decide, make sure you have enough room for the garden plants.
Selecting Rock Garden Plants
You can select plants that compliment your stones, or you can just go full technicolour. But most importantly, choose plants that thrive in well-drained sandy soil. Make sure the plants have similar watering requirements and are drought-resistant at best, given the harsh Australian weather. You can seek variation in plant height and leaf texture for maximum visual interest and impact.
Plan out where to arrange the plants before doing the actual planting. It’s best to plant by grouping three of the same kind of plant together and in a strategic arrangement. Remember that you need to intersperse the plants among the rocks. You can add soil while planting as needed or small stones for decorative effect.
Labrador Landscape Supplies
For quality stones, pebbles, and garden rocks for sale, just call Labrador Landscape Supplies. The use of rocks, stones, pebbles, and gravel in landscaping can be endless, even if it’s only a rock garden for small spaces. We provide a wide range of landscape and garden materials, and we deliver within the Gold Coast and Brisbane areas. Call 07 5537 2841. You can also visit our site and view all our materials at http://landscape-supply.com.au/.