Stone gardensStonе gardens. Rock plants in natural conditions grow and bloom in the windswept soils and deposits of stone fragments that are always accumulated in the folds of the mountain and come out at the base of the bedrock. The contrast between the massive stones and gentle little plants is impressive. That is why rocky gardens are one of the highest achievements of gardening. The secret of rocky gardens success is not only striving to simulate sometimes strikingly massive heap of stones, which can be observed in large parks and botanical gardens. Even in small areas, if comply with proportionality of the surrounding elements, you can create a beautiful rocky area.
Stony gardens, mountain rocky gardens, rocky hills, rocky ridges, rock or alpine gardens, are special kinds of flower beds, original approaches of garden design, like sophisticated plant complexes of trees, shrubs, flowering plants, grasses, mosses and lichens, allowing to simulate mountainous landscape. Rocky garden should look like in a natural way. Therefore, it should be surrounded by a wide space, such as a lawn. It should be located away from the object of regular geometric shapes, such as, for example, flat beds and flower beds, straight paths and geometrically regular water. Such a stone garden, due to its arbitrary shape will not be in harmony with them. Although, if the rock garden includes a pond edged with stones, it will look attractive. The art of creating rocky gardens is forming a unified and harmonious art complex from a living (plants) and inorganic (stones, pieces of rocks, slabs, water) nature.
Natural rocky areas are corners on a natural hill, where the stone gives the area a special characteristics. Between the stones there are planted low-growing flowering plants, as if there were a natural rocky terrain.
Regular rocky areas are created on purpose rocky hills, retaining walls, steps or stone ladders, stone paths, which to some extent can replace natural stones or groups of stones. In such a geometric composition flower plants soften somewhat abrupt stones forms. Here borders of perennials are applied, especially in retaining walls. To obtain regular stony sections decorative ground cover and low-growing species (Ajuga reptans, forget-me-Alpine, and others.) are often used. With the surrounding elements, you can create a beautiful rocky flower garden.
Rocard is a form of flower plantations, is a combination of ornamental plants with a stone that has gained wide popularity in the design of gardens. The name of this form of decoration site comes from the French word "rocaille" - stone. The ratio of rocks and plants, animate and inanimate nature in such flowerbeds can vary greatly. This form of gardening allows you to enhance the beauty of the individual plants, the shape of their flowers or texture of the stones and leaves. The range for rockeries, rocky hills are selected regardless of the origin of plants.
Rock gardens are rocky areas, created to accommodate herbaceous flowering plants, alpine flora of the different regions of the world. In rock gardens different plants can be mixed, like Sharing Alpine, field, meadow species and garden varieties, because it has lost the main purpose of this type of plants - showing the characteristics of alpine plants. If you want plants to look naturally, they should skewer among stones, or on a hill. The basis of any rock garden is swings relief and artistic arrangement of different shape and size of the debris of rocks and stones. It is especially interesting if the boulders and rocks are of different types of mining minerals and have different colors - from chocolate to light gray.