Adding landscape design to your home will give your outdoor aesthetic a sense of completion and produce that extra ‘wow’ reaction from your guests that you are hoping to achieve. A practical way that you can implement landscape design into your yard that won’t require a lot of maintenance is with a rock garden.
Rock gardens add texture, color, and natural beauty to any home. They are easily created and require minimal attention from homeowners. Quite simply, adding a rock garden to your outdoor landscape is one of the easiest ways to improve your outdoor aesthetic and requires hardly any additional exertion on your part.
Whether you already have a rock garden or are planning on having one put in soon, here are 8 accessories that will improve the beauty or functionality of your rock garden. Hopefully, this list will inspire you and give you a better idea of what you are looking for in a rock garden.
1. A Variety Of Plants
You should implement a variety of different kinds of plants into your rock garden. Depending on your climate and the layout of your yard, different plants may be better suited to your rock garden.
If you have a particularly wet yard, you may find that certain plants such as succulents and cacti do not thrive in your environment. Based off of your specific yard you should select plants that will thrive as well as compliment each other.
Using a variety of plants will increase aesthetic appeal, add texture and depth, as well as compliment your rock garden.
The best plants for rock gardens often have a wilder look to them, lending your garden a more natural and earthy feel as a result.
2. Moss For Texture & Age
Allowing moss to grow in your rock garden can give it an aged sort of feel that many homeowners find very attractive. Moss adds an element of age and character as well as texture. The distinct mossy green color also lends an attractive aspect to the overall appeal of a rock garden and this is an easily implemented aspect of rock gardens.
3. Beautiful Pottery
Adding beautiful pottery throughout your rock garden will give it an overall sense of completion. Beautiful pottery can be useful not only for adding color and style in your rock garden but also for growing plants. Perhaps the soil beneath your rock garden is slightly too damp for growing certain types of plants that you would like in your rock garden, in such scenarios potted plants come to your aid.
Choose beautiful and complimentary pottery as well as decorative plants. Many homeowners find that plants that spread or spill over the sides of their pots into the rock garden look especially complimentary, as the greens or browns of the plants contrast against the muted hues of the rock garden.
4. Allow Nature To Take Over
If you are looking to create a more natural, wild rock garden, you will be happy to hear that this isn’t all that difficult to do. Instead of actively maintaining and manicuring your rock garden, simply allow nature to take over and work her magic. Allow nature plants to spring up and moss to grow in your rock garden.
This will help you achieve that more natural and wild look that you may be going for and it makes having a rock garden even easier than it already would be since you have even less to maintain.
5. Add A Water Feature Or Pond
Adding a water feature or pond to your rock garden will attract more wildlife to your yard and add a sense of serenity to your landscape. Water features are highly customizable so take the opportunity to make your landscape entirely unique, giving that personal flair to your space.
Adding a boulder fountain is a wonderful way to add movement to your rock garden while also continuing with the theme of natural rock and stone. Regardless of your preferred style, there are countless water feature styles that can be customized in numerous ways to suit your style and that of your rock garden.
6. Add A Small Rock Wall
Having a small rock wall in or around your rock garden will add depth to your landscape. You can get creative when it comes to the height and materials used to build your rock wall, this will further characterize your rock garden and make it uniquely your style.
Having a rock wall will help define your rock garden and may also help prevent soil erosion, acting as a mini retaining wall.
7. Accent Stones
Stones or boulders can serve as accents, to compliment the entirety of your rock garden or can be used to draw the eyes to a specific area of your rock garden, serving as a focal point. Stones and boulders are incredibly versatile in the number of ways they can be used in and are a simple way for homeowners to create a theme or focal point in or throughout their rock garden.
You may use a small boulder or two to define the parameters of your rock garden or use a flat stone such as flagstone to create a small footpath through your rock garden. Doing so will add beauty and design to your rock garden and can really serve to bring all of the details throughout your landscape together.
8. Vintage Watering Can
Of course, no rock garden landscape is complete without a vintage watering can.
Adding a vintage accent or two will complement your rock garden if you are going for a more aged look. This isn’t limited to watering cans only, you can also add other vintage pieces such as lanterns and pottery if you are especially going for a more aged look.
Contact New Life Rockeries Today!
New Life Rockeries is proud to assist homeowners in the Pacific Northwest to achieve their landscape dreams. If you are looking to have a rock garden, water feature, or rockery installed in your yard, we possess the skills and knowledge necessary to get the job done flawlessly.
Here at New Life Rockeries, we know how to craft custom landscapes that are suited to our client’s needs, so don’t wait another day, start on the road to creating the outdoor aesthetic of your dreams today.
To speak with one of our landscaping professionals, contact New Life Rockeries today.