Creating a rock garden essentially involves landscaping rocks and growing suitable plants in between the gaps. The standard
layout for a rock garden consists of a pile of aesthetically arranged
rocks in different sizes, with small gaps between in which plants are
rooted. Typically, plants found in rock gardens are small and do not
grow larger than 1 meter in height, though
small trees and shrubs up to 6 meters may be used to create a shaded
area for a woodland rock garden. If used, they are often grown in
troughs or low to the ground
to avoid obscuring the eponymous rocks. The plants found in rock
gardens are usually species that flourish in well-drained, poorly
How popular are rock gardens in India?
The use of rocks as
decorative and symbolic elements in gardens can be traced back to early Chinese and Japanese gardens. The
rock garden, often referred to as a zen garden,
is a special kind of rock garden with water features, moss, pruned
trees and bushes, and very few plants.
Rock gardens have become increasingly popular as
features in tropical countries such as India. The combination of wet
weather and heavy shade trees, along with the use of heavy plastic
liners to stop unwanted plant growth,has made this type of
arrangement ideal for both residential and commercial gardens due to
its easier maintenance and drainage.
The Rock Garden of
Chandigarh is a sculpture
garden near Sukhna
Lake, and is one of India’s most impressive rock gardens. It is
also known as Nek Chand's Rock Garden after its founder Nek
Chand, a government official who started the garden
secretly in his spare time in 1957. It even appeared on an Indian
stamp in 1983.
Today it is spread
over an area of 40 acres (161874.25 m²). It is completely built of
industrial and home waste and thrown-away items.It consists of
man-made interlinked waterfalls
and many other sculptures that have been made of scrap and other
kinds of wastes (bottles,
glasses, bangles, tiles,
etc.) which are placed in walled paths.
are the best plants for a rock garden?
Euphorbia: They are extremely heat- and drought-resistant and they have
shallow root systems that allow you to easily tuck them into the
tight spots between rocks and boulders. Most Euphorbia grow 4-8
inches tall, and need full sun.
thrives in the thin ribbon of soil wedged between boulders. This
pretty creeper grows 4-6 inches tall and produces masses of cheerful
pink or white flowers in the spring. It can tolerate heat and drought
and thrives with full or partial sun.
tough-as-nails plants come in a wide variety of colors and shapes and
will quickly take root in any sunny, rocky location. They require
Candytuft: an easy-care perennial that grows 6 inches tall and can spread 16
inches wide. Full sun is required.
6-12 inches tall and thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. In
warmer regions this plant can be short lived, so replant every year
Resistant to heat, drought, poor soil, and salt, ice plant is about
as indestructible as you can get. This mat-forming perennial grows
3-6 inches tall and can spread two feet or more wide. It requires
How can I build my own rock garden?
1. Clear the ground - lay the first course of stones and
soil. A rock garden is essentially just a stone raised bed, so begin
its construction by laying out a pattern of rocks as the perimeter
for your base. When the stones are in place, it's time to fill it
with soil. Rock gardens, as a rule, are composed of plants that
require a soil with good drainage, so keep this in mind when buying
soil for your rock garden.
2. Choose a design - take landscaping design inspiration
from Japanese gardens and the myriad of rock garden designs
available on homify.
3. Select the stone - select your stones based on size
4. Install the boulders - secure them properly so they’re
not a safety hazard.
5. Choose plants - choose plants that are of the suitable
size for your rock garden
6. Create the riverbed - this is also called river rock
landscaping. It involves arranging the rocks in a way so as to let
the water flow like a riverbed.
7. Set the plants - plan where you will place each plant
before planting it.
8. Set the walkway - add in the extra details like a
walkway leading to the rock garden.
you prefer to get some professional help before starting your rock
garden project, you can consult with one of homify’s many talented garden planners.
What is the best soil for a rock garden?
In order to have healthy flowers in a rock gorden we
need fertile soil, to achieve it we will give you some
a. Use all your organic waste
b. Avoid using chemicals
c. Use rock phosphate
What does rock garden maintenance involve?
Basically, you need to keep an eye on it at least once
per week. Weed control needs to be a priority. Also, do not water the
plants excessively Take note that if the soil is full of dead plants
you will have to change the soil and replace it with something that
How do you make moss grow on rocks?
Firstly, you need to make sure you have partial to full
shade wherever you want the moss to grow and it should also be humid.
It can also be easier to take moss from some place and put it in the
desired zone. You can use a mix of buttermilk or yogurt with fresh or
dried moss and put it on the rocks where you want the moss to grow.
Make sure you keep the weeds out always and maintain the humidity and
the shade near the moss.