Select them carefully for best results
Rock garden plants are typically low growing plants that are drought resistant and tend to grow in clumps. Perennial plants are the hardiest and are the best choice for a rock garden. However, it is not a good idea to be too restrictive in your selection of rock plants. A mixed assortment of plants will make your rock garden look more natural.
Good water supply and a slight slope are the two most important elements of a well designed rock garden. Rock gardens require a lot of care and maintenance. Keeping this in mind, it is important to keep it to a size that you know you can manage.
Don’t let your rock garden become too overwhelming for you. While there is a wide variety of fabulous rock garden plants, it is best to be selective about choosing rock garden plants. Over planting can result in a messy look.
Here are some of the best pick of rock plants:
Carpet Bugle: A perennial plant with purple and blue flowers, carpet bugle grows to about 4” in height as a spreading ground cover. It thrives in shady conditions and will die of fungal infections and root rot if the soil is too compacted and does not allow water and air to circulate freely.
Sea Pink: The sea pink thrives in full sun and in soil that is moist and well drained. However, it is hardy enough to withstand dry conditions and poor nutrition. The tufts of stiff, narrow grass like foliage grows to about 6” and the purple, pink and white flowers, which grow at the tips of 10” long stems, are in full bloom from spring to early summer.
Basket-of-Gold: Belonging to the same family as mustard, the basket-of-gold has a greenish-gray foliage and yellow flowers that grow in dense clusters that cover the plant. The blooms need to be sheared off after they have faded.
These rock plants do well in the good drainage that is provided by poor, rocky soil.Common Aubrieta: The common aubrieta is ideal for filling the spaces in between the rocks.
It grows to about 4” to 6” and spreads across the ground in a cluster of purple flowers and green leaves. It thrives in full sun and well-draining soil. Pruning the flowers right after blooming will help prevent them from setting seed.
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